Wooden ladle

Carved wooden ladle, one piece and stained. Notched pattern on handle end, with X on descending curve. Likely carved in Petawawa Internment Camp by Italian Canadian internee Gabriele Di Maurizio. Unclear if the ladle was actively used or served a non-utilitarian purpose.

Di Maurizio was a citizen (a naturalized British subject), who was the first president of the St. Catharines lodge of the Order Sons of Italy.

Many internees brought wooden objects home to their families, including elaborate ships, mirrors, painted reliefs, jewellery boxes and serving trays. Letters from the camps relate how many of the men occupied their time by carving wood.