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This is a very rare creation in marquetry of an inlaid octagonal shaped wooden box with a picture of Bruce Bairnsfather's cartoon from the post World War 1 era entitiled "A.D. NINETEEN FIFTY. I see the War Babies Battalion is a coming out" (See the copy of the original cartoon below for comparison). Bruce Bairnsfather (1888-1959) was the creator of 'Old Bill' the cartoon character who perhaps best illustrated the practical philosophy of the the British private soldier during World War One. His work was regularly featured in Bystander magazine, and he produced books and drawings right through the Second World War, when he was employed by the U.S. forces as official cartoonist. The box is initialled by S.J. and engraved with the words of the cartoon along the base. Stamped on the back with what looks like "Costa" or "Conti" and the initials R over W in a circle and the numbers 7158. It is 6 inches wide and 3 inches high.
front of rare wood box