Mastro December 2007
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Prisoner-of-war work is a fascinating area of collecting. Confined with little occupation, often for years, POW's often took to carving for amusement or trade with friendly guards. The tradition is mostly associated with 19th Century wars, but this is a unique and extraordinary work from World War II. Carved entirely from bone, the anonymous craftsman has created an exact replica of a German MP40 Maschinenpistole, known to the allies as a "burp gun." This remarkable and compelling object features a sliding breech and folding shoulder stock, and is a virtuoso piece of carving. There is a long tradition of ivory and bone carving in Northern Germany, and we presume the carver was a German skilled in this art, perhaps a paratrooper who commonly carried this weapon. Very fine overall condition. The folding stock is loose in two places but easily reattached. Length with extended stock 13-1/2".
Estimated Value: $2,000 - $3,000.
Exquisite World War II Prisoner-of-War Carving of a Machine Gun
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