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The 'Carried with Us' project: handmade by Home Front Vintage in collaboration with Nat Thakur
This wallet is made with beautiful veg-tan leather in a range of stylish colours. Inside,the wallet is lined with genuine escape and evade silk maps, ensuring every wallet is different and a real one-off. Some say it is unlucky to buy an empty purse, so to ensure your good health and good wealth there is an original sixpence tucked inside each wallet. Sixpences have long been used as a good luck charm, a custom dating back to the Second World War.
Available in blue, green, tan and dark brown. Sold separately.
Presented in a blue gift box with an envelope containing information about the history and provenance of the silk escape and evade maps.
Sara Jane of Home Front Vintage rescues damaged silk ‘escape and evasion’ maps and remakes them into artworks, homewares and accessories for people who value British heritage and provenance. All the work is made from genuine issue silk maps from WW2 to the 1950s Cold War period, preserving the integrity and history of the maps but making them relevant to today so that their story will survive.
During WW2 the military had maps printed onto silk as it doesn’t degrade in water and can be folded up very small to be concealed inside the lining of a uniform or the hollowed out heel of a flying boot. The maps were issued to the military throughout WW2 and beyond; helping our troops find their way home.