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bone, carved

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  • Other titles
    • souvenir bone carving (descriptive name)
    • Errinerung meiner Kriegsgefangenschaft, Stobs, 1915 (maker's title)
    • Memento of my imprisonment as a POW, Stobs 1915 (translation)
  • Description
    souvenir bone carving by German POW, Stobs, Scotland, 1915, WW1
    makers markings / title on object:
    on life belt: "S.M.S. / Blucher"
    around life belt: "Errinerung meiner Kriegsgefangenschaft"
    below lifebelt: "Stobs. 1915."
    translation: "Memento of my imprisonment as a POW, Stobs, 1915
  • Place
  • Other Number
    7745, 2003.1.2
  • Accession number
  • Accession date
    17 January 2003
  • Collection area
  • Item count
  • Record richness
bone carving souvenir
bone carving souvenir


  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 2003.1.2
  • Notes
    bone carving: handcarved & illustrated by German POW (probably off SMS Blucher) while in POW camp in the Scottish Borders, not far from the town of Hawick, during WW1.
    The German battlecruiser SMS Blucher was sunk by the British during the battle of Dogger Bank on 24.1.1915. Germans rescued by the British from this vessel and others were transferred to Stobs POW camp in the Scottish Highlands (which had been established as a POW Camp c. October 1914). By 1916 there were approximately 5,000 German POWs at Stobs. They had various facilities including a library, and also published a newsletter 'STOBSIADE' ["News from Stobs"]
    Further information on Stobs can be found on the internet at
  • Event
    24 January 1915
    World War 1, 1914-18/wars
    Battle of Dogger Bank
  • Person
  • Place
  • Date
    1 January 1915 to 31 December 1915
  • Subject category
  • Production
    unknown German POW (carver)
    StobsScotlandUnited KingdomEurope
    World War 1, 1914-18, wars
    carving, bone/carving
  • Signature/marks
    "S.M.S. / Blucher / Errinerung meiner Kriegsgefangenschaft / Stobs. 1915."  (title)
  • Consists of
    0 - Whole › bone
  • Dimensions
    • height : 98mm
      (98mm x 62mm x 49mm (h x w x d))
    • width : 62mm
    • depth : 40mm
  • Classification
  • Record created
    22 January 2003

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