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London, England, Great Britain 1819 – Australia 1889

  • to Australia 1857

Jewel casket c.1858 Description: Emu egg jewel casket
Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: metalwork, decorative design, emu egg mounted in cast silver featuring oxidation, chasing and repoussé Manufacturer's Mark: stamped, '[emu] WE [kangaroo] STERLING SILVER'.

Primary Insc: Inscribed, 'Presented to / Mrs. W. Vial / by the Cornish ladies of Adelaide S. A. / in recognition of her Husband’s services / in saving the life of the / Duke of Edinburgh H.R.M. / at Clontarf NSW / 1st March 1858'.
Secondary Insc: no inscription
Tertiary Insc: no inscription
Dimensions: object 28 h x 24 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2014
Accession No: NGA 2014.1025
Subject: Australia, Art period: Colonial, New South Wales