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Scrimshaw P-O-W Cribbage Set

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Scrimshaw P-O-W Cribbage Set

Remarkably well-preserved, this fine relic of the Napoleonic Wars was made by an imprisoned sailor on one of the prison ships (pontons) in Britain. It boasts a pair of under-glass (sous-verre) paintings of a Directoire dandy (un Incroyable) and a fashionable woman (une Merveilleuse) of the late Eighteenth Century on its sliding covers, which enclose the set of tiles. Bone with wooden secondary elements.Minor chips and one old corner repair. Approximately 3-1/4 inches by 7-7/8 inches by 1-3/4 inches.

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