My husband found for our 30th wedding anniversary a very special present. He does know me well!
I like old cigar boxes made of wood. Especially this well designed humidors with crafty and interesting patterns and inlays in different colored wood. I burst into tears, when I unwrapped this Box with its nice playful and very unusual design of jumping and dancing children which are following a little bit older girl, who is carrying a plate full of sweets. I was even more thrilled when I opened the lid. There is a riddle to be solved! We both don't speak or read Russian. But what we could understand so far: It was fabricated during WWI, in Wieselburg. There was 1915-1918 a large (60.0000!) prisoner-of-war camp mainly for Russian and Italian soldiers.
Maybe the date 1914 refers to the beginning of WWI - because the camp was built a year later in 1915.
Maybe 1917 refers to the year when the Russian Revolution(s) ended the war for Russia.
Maybe the maker of this box was a Russian soldier, who made this object during his imprisonment.
I will try to find answers to all of this questions and even some more!
But for now I know this for sure:
1917 – Roland’s mother was born.
1987 – Roland and I married.
2017 – Roland bought the box as 30th wedding anniversary present.
So much big and small, international and national and most important personal history – I LOVE IT!