ANTIQUE SET OF MINIATURE BONE DOMINOES IN BOX
Early 19th century
Height of box: 16 mm
Length of box: 72 mm
Stock number: LF7189/0121
A lovely complete set of 28 miniature dominoes made in bone with black stained spots on the dominoes. All contained in a highly decorated bone box beautifully marked and stained in red and black geometric designs. Probably made in Napoleonic times by prisoners of war (1803-1815). Prisoners made various trinkets and toys that they were then permitted to sell to local people in order to obtain funds to buy better provisions. They used any materials they could get hold of, including beef and mutton bones left over from meals. These tiny dominoes are probably made of bovine bone with black and red stain to the surfaces. Each tile measures approximately 18mm long, by 9mm wide, by 2mm thick. They come in a small bone box with a slide lid.