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Chip carved picture frame made at Knockaloe Internment Camp

Date made: 1916

Description: A rectangular wooden picture frame, handcarved in a chip carved pattern with geometric and stylised floral designs (cornflowers - the German national flower). The overall design is stylised Art Nouveau, Art & Crafts in inspiration. The inscription 'Knockaloe 1916' has been carved into the back of the frame in stylised lettering (similar to Archibald Knox's style). The picture frame is glazed and has a hinged stand at the back so the picture frame can be stood upright on a shelf, a hook has also been screwed into the back so that it can be hung on the wall. The back panel is held in place by brass clips and is made of pine.

Internees were held on the Isle of Man in two camps, a requisitioned holiday camp in Douglas and a purpose built camp located at Knockaloe near Peel on the west coast of the Island. These held at their peaks over 4,000 and 23,000 men in some cases for nearly five years between opening in 1914 and final closure in 1919. Over 30,000 men passed through Knockaloe between 1914 and 1917 more than the population of Douglas the largest town.

Measurements: overall: 28.7 cm x 17.8 cm x 11 cm

Materials: glass, steel, wood

Object name: picture frame

Collection: Social History Collection

ID Number: 1978-0004



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