An Australian Silver and Emu Egg Presentation Piece

    William Edwards (b. 1819)
    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Circa 1860-1880
    Silver, silver gilt, emu eggshell, wood
    Marks: (emu), WE, (kangaroo), STERLING SILVER, WALSH & SONS MELBOURNE
    12 inches high x 8.75 inches wide x 6 inches deep

    The lobe-shaped based with a figural scene of three aboriginal figures representing two men fighting and a woman with infant strapped to her back interceeding, framed by two palm trees supporting the dark black/green emu egg with guilloche banding and grape vine leaf and cluster handles surmounted by birds; the egg crowned by a shaped cap with two emus and relief vegetation; all on an oval wooden base with silver banded decoration and scroll feet; silver gilt interior to egg.

    Condition Report*:

    Normal signs of wear as appropriate with age; banding to base loose; scuffing and varnish loss to wooden base; egg loose within fittings.

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    April, 2007
    26th-27th Thursday-Friday
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