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Ship Models Made of Human Bones

Ship Models Made of Human Bones

British Navy Ship Models Made of Human Bones

Ship Models Made of Human Bones
French prisoners of Napoleonic war spent over a decade in British care. To pass the time, and to earn money these prisoners made elite British Navy ship models of human bones. And for the creation of ship models self-taught masters used beef, mutton, human bone and any bone they came across. Meanwhile, pigs around the Prisoners-Of-War camp also helped roving uncovered human skeletons buried in shallow graves. After gathering bones prisoners boiled the bones and bleached them in the sun, to make the bones easier to shape and carve. In addition to human, cattle, and mutton bones, prisoners made use of their own hair to fashion sail rigging, and tissue paper to create sails. On several occasions, visitors to the camp from nearby villagers and British officers would smuggle in pieces of turtle shell, silk, tools, and metal foil for the Frenchmen to use. These historical relics tend to sell for tens of thousands of dollars at auctions.

British Navy ship models of human bones

Beautiful detail of bone carving. British Navy ship models of human bones

Ship Models Made of Human Bones

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