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    At the end of World War II, my wife's father found himself in charge of a POW camp. While awaiting orders on how to release the prisoners back into German society, he attempted to keep his charges occupied with crafts and other activities. When he returned home, he brought with him a walking stick carved and presented to him by one of the detainees as an expression of appreciation for his treatment of the prisoners.

    Yesterday my wife and her sister took the stick to a taping of "Antiques Road Show". They didn't make the cut to be on the program, but the appraiser who examined it valued it at approximately $1500 - $2000 and advised they hang on to it as such memorabilia has been appreciating in value rather rapidly in recent years.

    Today I realized that folks on the forum might like to see this piece of WWII 'folk art'.

    The carved inscription reads "Kriegsgefangenschaft Frankenburg" (roughly, "Frankenburg War Prison") and "1945". The main feature is a genie or snake-charmer playing his oboe at the top of the stick. He is sitting on a stone hill with a cave. In the cave is a skull with a red aura. Under the hill is a monkey reaching for the skull. There are serpents and a vine twining around the stick. There is a bird on a branch of the vine and a lizard. At the base are mushrooms, flowers, and a bunch of grapes.

    All in very good condition, especially so since my wife reports that she and her sisters used to play with the stick while growing up. She reports that they all thought the stick was very creepy because of the snakes and skull and lizard. The images do seem to be allegorical, but I have no idea as to the intended interpretation (if there is one).

    I have uploaded four full length photos here. In addition, there are more detail photos at this address: hank's photos

    edit: the "hank's photos" link may not work right. This one is supposed to be better: sharable link to photos



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    Last edited by honketyhank; 08-13-2017, 06:43 PM.

  • #2
    Thanks for sharing
    . . .JoeB

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    • #3
      Not only artistic, but great history associated with it...thanks for posting it.
      Bill
      Living among knives and fire.

      http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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      • #4
        Thanks for sharing. Great to hear the story of its past.
        Randy

        WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!

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        • #5
          I think the link to my photos in my original post doesn't work. Please try the following link instead. WWII Stick Photos
          Last edited by honketyhank; 08-13-2017, 06:44 PM. Reason: I'm having trouble with Google Drive and with my own mind. Simultaneously. Hate to think what might happen if I ever get old.

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          • #6
            An interesting carving with an interesting background. Thanks for sharing.
            Keep On Carvin'
            Bob K.

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            • #7
              Very interesting, Hank! Thanks for sharing!

              Claude
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              • #8
                Thanks for sharing

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                • #9
                  Thank you for sharing. My Dad also served in WWII and was part of the liberation of one of the camps.

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                  • #10
                    What a memorabilia of the past, let's hope and pray those circumstances of
                    World War II don't repeat themselves again!
                    Oscar

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                    • #11
                      That's a great stick and a wonderful story. Thanks for posting it.
                      Terry

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                      • #12
                        Thank you for sharing the photos as well as the story.
                        Thanks,
                        Greg

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                        • #13
                          Thanks, Hank. Very interesting.
                          Arthur

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