• Christie's Interiors auction at Christies

    Sale 5977

    Christie's Interiors

    20 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 137

    AN AUSTRALIAN SILVER PRESENTATION TROWEL

    MARK OF J.M.WENDT, ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, CIRCA 1875

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    AN AUSTRALIAN SILVER PRESENTATION TROWEL
    MARK OF J.M.WENDT, ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, CIRCA 1875
    THE HANDLE WITH ACORN FINIAL ATOP LEAF CALYX, TERMINATING AT THE BLADE IN A LEAFY JUNCTION, INSCRIBED PRESENTED TO MISS GIBSON ON THE OCCASION OF LAYING FOUNDATION STONE PORT AUGUSTA INSTITUTE, JUNE 1875
    9½ IN. (14.2 CM.) LONG
    3.75 OZ. (117 GR.)


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    THE PORT AUGUSTA INSTITUTE WAS THE FOCAL POINT OF THE COMMUNITY FOR MANY YEARS, ACTING AS A VENUE FOR AUCTIONS, SERMONS, PLAYS AND CONCERTS. IN THE 1950S/60S MANY OF THESE INSTITUTES, ESTABLISHED TO ENCOURAGE PUBLIC LEARNING, WERE SUPERSEDED BY OR AMALGAMATED WITH PUBLIC LIBRARIES.

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