Australiana

Ned Kelly 'Scrimshaw' circa 1880 with photo of George King - $12,500 #120987
The 'scrimshaw' incised on a single bull horn features the bearded Ned Kelly above his horse 'Daylight' as well as other gang members and sympathisers. The top character is Sub-Inspector Stanhope O'Connor who led the blacktrackers in pursuit of Kelly. The horn is believed to have been carved by the American George King, Ned Kelly's stepfather (see accompanying photograph), who used the woodcuts published in the July 1880 edition of the Illustrated Sydney News as his inspiration. A similarly executed scrimshaw horn sold at auction in 2001 for $192,225 when it was thought to be unique. Since then a number of other examples, including the one on offer, have come to light.

A rare piece of Australiana
Sterling Silver Mounted Emu Egg by William Edwards, Melbourne - c.1860 - $17,500 #121590
This lidded goblet with gilded interior was the work of jeweler William Edwards. Englishman Edwards had arrived in Melbourne in July 1857 and set up his first workshop at 129 Collins Street .

He advertised his special skills of making 'sacrament services to order - Tea and Coffee sets (of) any design - Emu Eggs mounted - Race Cups (of) all sizes and design'. Edwards was considered a leading silversmith of his day and he submitted works to the International Exhibition, 1861 and the International Colonial Exhibition, Melbourne, 1866.

Standing 26.5 cm this mounted egg is a superb example of early colonial craftsmanship.