Ink Well, Emu Egg; Salomon, Nathan; 1875-1879; WW.2013.3257

Name/Title

Ink Well, Emu Egg

About this object

This unusual double inkwell was made from an emu egg and was presented to S.R. Dickson in 1879. The upright 'branch' in the middle is a pen rest.

Despite being made from an emu egg, which one might expect to belong solely in the realm of Australia, this inkwell was made in Dunedin by Nathan Salomon.

Nathan Salomon, was listed in Dunedin business directories as a 'Chronometer, Watchmaker, Goldsmith and Jeweller' and had premises in Princes Street from 1864 until 1870. In 1865 he exhibited some of his wares at the New Zealand Exhibition in Dunedin. Te Papa has a claret jug (GH010063) made by Nathan which also features an emu egg.

Maker

Salomon, Nathan

Maker Role

Jeweller

Date Made

1875-1879

Period

1870s

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Dunedin

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed materials, metal, metal alloys, silver metal alloy
organic, animal, animal product, egg, bird egg, emu bird egg
organic, vegetal, wood

Inscription and Marks

Inscribed on silver badge 'PRESENTED TO S.R.DICKSON BY A FEW FRIENDS AS A MARK OF ESTEEM. TOI TOIS NEW ZEALAND MAY 1879'.

Measurements

h 290 mm x w 175 mm x d 125 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Communication (including Diaries and Letters)

Object Type

occupation-based equipment

Object number

WW.2013.3257

Copyright Licence  

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