This is a small box 96 x 70 x 20, one of two...made probably out of aluminium. These were made I think by a Russian POW, probably in 1944, possibly in Stalag 344? The other box has the inscription Irene..my late mothers name and Knurow, 1944. This is in S W Poland.
The work is amazing in its quality and detail. There is a small pin hinge on both boxes, although one has since broken off. The engraving is very precise and detailed.
I have a serious of cassette tape recordings of my father from the 1980's. I in the process of transferring them onto my computer and possibly setting up a web site in his memory.
From what he told me, the maker of the box could have been a Russian teacher my father was very friendly with at the time.
The Russian POW's were very badly treated. They were not part of the Geneva conention at that time. So it is highly likely that the Russian did not survive the war.
The conditions were appalling for the Russians. This makes this object so amazing given the quality and precision of the work.