A Fine Napoleonic French Prisoner of War carved bone model of the Revolutionary Guillotine

A Fine Napoleonic French Prisoner of War carved bone model of the Revolutionary Guillotine
Circa 1800 – 1815
Made with the bones of animals used for their rations this exact scale model of a French Revolutionary guillotine shows the great skill of the prisoners of war carving with limited materials , and gives the impression that time was no object .
The guillotine was the invention of a French physician and revolutionary called Joseph Ignace Guillotin ( 1738 - 1814 ) . He proposed that the Constituent Assembly of which he was a Deputy should use a decapitating instrument as a means of execution . This was adopted in 1791 and named after him , although a similar apparatus had been used earlier in Scotland , Germany and Italy .

A Fine Napoleonic French Prisoner of War carved bone model of the Revolutionary Guillotine

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