Arts and Crafts therapy was undertaken by patients in the First World War who had been diagnosed with nervous conditions. These men were given simple, repetitive tasks such as basket weaving in the hope it would distract them from the strange and misunderstood symptoms of their condition. Commonly referred to at the time as “Shell Shock” (we now understand and recognise this illness as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) it is estimated that after the First World War ended approximately 80,000 British soldiers suffered from this psychological stress.
This basket bell is one such example of the type of therapy undertaken by one of the soldiers in Newcastle whilst recovering in hospital after the First World War.
To be offered for Auction 14th November.