A pair of wooden napkin rings

Contributed by Ren Yaldren

A pair of wooden napkin rings

My father Harry Cardwell, was in the Middle East during the Second World War. At sometime between 1942 and 1945 he visited Bethlehem. He purchased 4 wooden napkin rings for my mother, but 2 have since been lost. The 2 remaining ones we use everyday at home. Although they are similar to any object that a tourist can purchase - ie made in Bethlehem, etc., I felt that as they were purchased during one of the most traumatic times in our country's history, they had particular poignancy having been bought in Bethlehem.

The rings are made from hard wood and have had a light coating of something like varnish, which has brought out the richness of the grain. Curiously, one of the rings has an almost perfect image of a dolphin on the inside but this is actually the shape of the grain.

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Location

Possibly Bethlehem

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Size
H:
20cm
W:
50cm
D:
10cm
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