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Knockaloe Camp bone vase

Date made: 1915-1918

Description: A handcarved bone vase (wooden base missing). The bone has a design of a stone wall at the base, a couple of children in Dutch (?) costume embracing in front of fence and tree and a geometric design around the rim. The bone has two cracks down the side.

During the First World War (1914-1918) the Isle of Man was used as an internment base for civilian ‘enemy aliens’. They were held 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.

Measurements: Whole: 17.5 x 6.3 x 5.3 cm

Materials: bone

Object name: vase

Collection: Social History Collection

ID Number: 2000-0147



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