There are things about Peterborough which you may not know, for instance, it hosts a huge antiques fair twice a year on the East of England Showground. This is always a good hunting ground and one of my finds at the fair last week was this Prisoner of War work domino set.
The French officer painted on the box looks very like Napoleon Bonaparte or "Little Boney" as seen in the print above and, as it turns out, during the Napoleonic Wars Peterborough was home to the world's first purpose-built POW camp at nearby Norman Cross.
The prisoners were well fed, humanely treated and permitted to make beautiful toys and decorative items from waste materials like bones from their beef ration (1 lb. each per day!). These were then sold on market day.
Peterborough Museum has a large collection of these pieces and, though it may be fancy on my part, the most delicate of these could have been inspired by the fine Gothic detail on Peterborough Cathedral.