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Cigarette case made by German POW for a British ATS girl

Article about: Hi Guys, I though that I would share this small item with you from my wife Lez's collection. It is a cigarette case made for a British ATS girl by a German POW at Fayid/Bitter lake POW camp,

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    Hi Guys, I though that I would share this small item with you from my wife Lez's collection.

    It is a cigarette case made for a British ATS girl by a German POW at Fayid/Bitter lake POW camp, Egypt. The design on the front is the ATS cap badge. The back shows a stylised mosque. The POW's made items like these to sell in order to get a little extra money to buy more food etc.

    Here is a good link about life at the camp:

    http://home.arcor.de/kriegsgefangene...ypt/egypt.html

    The workmanship is very good. The alloy is most like taken from a aircraft. The backing to the ATS badge is some kind of fur, maybe camel? The style is typical for the period with an Art Deco feel to it. Sadly, we don't know the ATS girls name to whom it belonged, but it is monogrammed "HT".

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Hi Ade , what a fantastic item , thanks for sharing , i was just thinking about the ability of someone in those conditions to produce something of that quality from a piece of metal is amazing ! I wonder what tools he had , how long it took to make , and how much he got for it ?

    cheers Al

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    Hi Al, I have wondered the very same things too. Glad you like it.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    great artwork, if some of these things could just talk - EXCELLENT!

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    Quote by colt45 View Post
    great artwork, if some of these things could just talk - EXCELLENT!
    +1 .. that is amazing. Who would have thought?

    Thanks for sharing!!!

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    Hi Ade, thats a lovely item ,it looks like your mrs also has some great items , rgds Dave

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    A stunning piece Ade , beautiful work done here , cheers Raymond

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    He must have been in love with her to make such a beautiful cigs case....
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    Thankyou Ade for showing us such a nice item!
    I wonder what profession the maker of this case had before he became a soldier?
    Very nice stuff!

    Laplander

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    POW camp items are often extreemly well done because you have a plenty of time in POW camp:-).

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