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Image of Shackle, Leg

Shackle, Leg -

This is a a wrought iron leg manacle hinged on one end with an oval opening. The other end has a nut and bolt closure with a square nut and bolt. At one end there is a hole for the attachment of a chain.

Image of Sign, Instructional

Sign, Instructional -

This is a white plexi sign with English and Arabic vinyl script applied. It is a warning to prisoners to stay 3 meters from the inside of the fence.

Image of Cane

Cane -

This Civil War era cane was carved by a Confederate prisoner at Camp Chase, Ohio. It has a German silver head that is 1 1\4" in diameter and 3/4 inches high. There is what appears to be a steel nail holding the cap onto the cane. The top four inches of the cane is a tapering handle that ends in a rectangular block. The block has rounded edges and beveled corners. There is an inscription carved on the block and directly below that on the body of the cane. The bottom portion of the cane tapers to a brass foot.

Image of Purse

Purse -

This purse was handmade by the prisoners at the Eddyville Penitentiary in Kentucky. It is a black tooled leather purse with a decorative one inch diamond shaped design stamped onto the surface. The edges are bound with a woven leather braid. It is a saddlebag or crescent shape and has a rounded flap closure with a brass clasp. There is a 1/4" wide adjustable shoulder strap and there are two interior pouches, one with a zipper compartment.

Image of Spoon, Serving

Spoon, Serving -

This is a POW spoon. It is a small gravy ladle with a pour spout on the left proper side of the bowl. The front of the handle is stamped with the Luftwaffe symbol. The back of the handle is stamped GAG 40 which is possibly the maker's mark and F1.U.V, a possible unit designation.

Image of Table

Table -

This oak table has an octagonal top that is heavily inlaid with a variety of woods. There are four squares in the middle of four sides with a fifth square in the middle. Between each square along the outside are small triangular shaped areas with inlay. The designs range from geometric to floral. There is a strip of inlay in the shape of a chain on each side of the octagonal top as well as at each corner. The base has a "X" or cross design. The feet are curved and there is a finial dropping from the top of each support.