Polish P.O.W. paperweight ; Unknown; c 1939 to 1945; 240
Polish P.O.W. paperweight
Paperweight, depictiing a polish eagle on top of a large facet out glittered ball. The base is a five sided ball covered with gold glitter. On top of this is an eagle with outspread wings and crown on its head. It is made of individual tin feathers soldered to a tin backing. The feathers are painted white, the beck and the legs are painted red.
c 1939 to 1945Place Made
Made in a prisinor of war camp during Worl War IIMedium and Materials
Tin, brass, glitter, paint.
280 mm high
"This paper weight is part of a collection of items which was sent by Polish soldiers who had become prisinors of War, to the Polish Army League in Palmerston North. This group formed between 1941 and 1947, to send parcels and letters to Polish soldiers, who unlike our own POW’s, no longer had a homeland. Soldiers sent this collection in gratitude for their work, and for the New Zealand government taking in Polish children refugees and looking after them in the Polish Childrens Camp in Pahiatua. The collection later passed to the city of Palmerston North.
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