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Name/title Maker Production date Description
Oamaru Harbour Board Chairman's Chair
Circa 1874
Oamaru Harbour Board Chairman's chair. Large wooden chair with a high back. Four legs, each with a castor on the end. The seat, back and arms are padded with brown leather. The arms and back are ornately carved.
Chinese Pottery Vessel
1860s
A vase shaped bottle with a dark brown glaze. The item has been damaged revealing the colour of the light brown clay it is made from.

The following information is from a note that was donated with the item. Pottery Jar from Murphys Flat Chinese camp near Macraes. These were imported from China usually with Tiger Whiskey, a Chinese rice whiskey.
Chair
Yardley, Walter John (b.1842, d.1877)
1866
Wooden chair with solid seat and shows some green paint. Made by Walter J. Yardley, 1866 at Palmerston. Made of Totara or rimu.
Military Tunic
1880s
A military tunic. Part of George Sumpter's full dress uniform as a local volunteer.
Tin Trunk
1890s
A small tin trunk used to hold documents. This trunk belonged to Sir John McKenzie, Palmerston. The trunk has a handle at each end. The trunk is lockable, though there is no key with it. The exterior of the trunk is painted black. "Hon. John McKenzie" is painted in white on the trunk's lid. The interior of the trunk is painted red.
Bracelet
Jackson Brothers
1882
1884
Sterling silver cuff bracelet. Oval shape, hinged at one side and the other has a small button which when pressed opens the bracelet. Front has small round projections on both sides. Scrolls and sprigs of leaves engraved. Raised scroll work is inlaid with rose gold. In the centre is an engraved branch with little leaves while larger leaves are inlaid and with rose gold and yellow gold. The back is plain but is engraved 'Presented to MISS S A SPEDDING - from the teachers of North School- OAMARU April 1884'.

Three lots of hallmarks lion and t, the mark for Chester and a J.B.S. These marks indicate the piece is sterling silver, manufactured in Chester, England, in 1882.
Crimean War Medal
1854
Crimean War medal. The medal consists of a silver disk with, on the obverse, the diademed head of Queen Victoria and the legend VICTORIA REGINA with the date 1854 below. The reverse has a depiction of a standing Roman warrior about to receive a laurel crown from a flying figure of victory, the word CRIMEA appearing on the left.

The medal is notable for its unusually ornate clasps. Each is in the form of an oak leaf with an acorn at each end, a style not used on any other British medal. The clasps are named, from the top: Sebastopol, Inkerman, Alma'. The ornate, floriated, swivelling suspender is also unique to the Crimea Medal.

The ribbon is discoloured but was originally pale blue with yellow edges.

On the edge is 'Peter Fitgerald 2285 REGT'.

Belonged to Peter Fitzgerald or Fitgerald, of Georgetown. Peter died on 4 December 1887 aged 55. He was from Kildare, Ireland and is buried in the Georgetown cemetery. Peter's widow was looked after by Mary McAuley, a young local girl. Mary was given this medal by the widow. Mary later married and became Mary McPhie.
Cheese Keep
Philip Ashberry and Sons
1896
A silver-plated cheese keep. Presented to J.H. Milligan, tailor, following the voluntary payment of his debts after his bankruptcy in 1885.

A - Silver-plated dish of keep 4 legs and decoration on edges. "BRITANNIA. PHILIP ASHBERRY AND SONS. SHEFFIELD 921 M"

B - Silver-plated lid "TO J. H. MILLIGAN, AS A MARK OF APPRECIATION OF COMMERCIAL INTEGRITY. 1896." Ornate handle.
Fan
1890s
Ostrich feather fan with 16 mother of pearl supports. A taxidermied hummingbird is attached to the fan. A cream coloured tassel attached to the handle. This fan belonged to Agnes Reid of Elderslie Estate.
Model Ship - SS Star of England
Curwood, Arthur (b.1867, d.1942)
1890s
Model of the S.S. Star of England. Wooden ship in a wood and glass case. Built to scale by the ship’s carpenter, Arthur Curwood.
Table Decoration with Hair Flowers
Bee, Mary Bryce (b.1870, d.1899)
1895
A floral, Victorian table decoration. It is an example of a then popular craft, consisting of flowers made from human hair. The flowers and foliage are constructed by wrapping the hair around pieces of wire and then shaping it. Typically the hair was boiled first. A variety of different coloured hair has been used and some of the flowers also have beaded details. Coloured thread has been used in places to hold the hair to the lengths of metal wire. The arrangement is on a yellow satin base and is then contained within a glass dome with a wooden base.

This item was made by Mrs R. McDowell (nee Mary Bryce Bee) of Weston, North Otago in 1895. At this time she would have been around 25 years. She died aged 29 very soon after the birth of her only child, Horace Bee McDowell.
Table Decoration with Hair Flowers
Bee, Mary Bryce (b.1870, d.1899)
1895
A floral, Victorian table decoration. It is an example of a then popular craft, consisting of flowers made from human hair. The flowers and foliage are constructed by wrapping the hair around pieces of wire and then shaping it. Typically the hair was boiled first. At least two different colours of hair have been used and some of the flowers also have beaded details. Coloured thread has been used in places to hold the hair to the lengths of metal wire. The arrangement is on a yellow satin base over cardboard with a glass dome covering the arrangement.

This item was made by Mrs R. McDowell (nee Mary Bryce Bee), Weston, North Otago in 1895. At this time she would have been around 25 years. She died aged 29 very soon after the birth of her only child, Horace Bee McDowell.
Side Saddle
Thomas Bell Saddler
Pre 1891
A side saddle with a decorative pattern stitched in to the leather. Metal studs on the saddle have "THOS BELL SADDLER DUNEDIN". The flaps are padded with horsehair. Small metal stirrup. The name 'Chapman' is written underneath.
Crewel Embroidery
Butt, Edward (b.1847, d.1911)
1880s
Large framed crewel embroidery of a sailing ship surrounded by flags and topped by a crown with "V R". In a banner at the very top is "ADVANCE NEW ZEALAND". This is surrounded by flowers. Stitched bottom left corner: "Design & work by E. Butt Late Royal Navy". This embroidery won a first prize at the Dunedin Exhibition 1889/90.
Card Table
Sinclair, David (b.Circa 1854, d.1937)
1880s
A wooden inlaid card table. This table has an octagonal top. The table top is made up of 122 pieces of timber. 26 varieties of timber were used, mostly New Zealand native species. The table can be used for a variety of games. There is a chess board in the centre. There are spaces for the different suits of playing cards, diamonds, hearts, clubs and spades. There are also two spaces somewhat similar to a cribbage board but without holes, possibly for keeping track of scores. The rest of the table top is decorated with geometric designs. It is a tilt top table.

The base is a five column pedestal - a central column and one column above each of the four legs.

The table was made by David Sinclair, an Oamaru carpenter, and it was exhibited at the North Otago A & P show and at the 1889/90 New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition in Dunedin.
Cocked Hat
Hobson and Sons (estab. 1850)
1880s
A cocked hat worn as part of an officers full-dress uniform. The hat is black with a plume of red and white feathers. The hat has gold bullion detailing. Red interior lining. Part of George Sumpter's uniform as a local volunteer.
Military Belt
1880s
A maroon and silver coloured belt. Silver buckle crown with "Dieu Et Mon Droit". Two gold buckles and brass hook. Part of George Sumpter's uniform as a local volunteer.
Military Trousers
1880s
Military trousers. Black with gold stripes down outside leg, with black buttons. Part of George Sumpter's full dress uniform as a local volunteer.
Wedding Ensemble - Skirt and Jacket Wedding Ensemble - Skirt and Jacket
1871
A skirt and jacket. Worn in 1871 when Martha McNab married Robert Gray at Pukeuri.

A = Skirt. Brown striped taffeta, with cotton tape waistband. The material is a light chestnut with vertical stripes of dark brown flanked by gold. At the bottom is attached a 110mm wide ruffle of material which has been press pleated ( ie it has not been sewn ). At the very edge of the skirt is a burgundy cotton tape. There is one side pocket. The skirt has two metal hooks and eyes on the waist band, but that is all, there does not appear to have been any fastening. Lined with a hay coloured starched cotton.

B = Jacket. Rather long jacket, with a pulled in waist. The jacket is of the same material as the skirt, with brown velvet insets. There is an hour glass panel along the back. The collar is velvet, as are the inverted cuffs. The front panel is also velvet, a wider hour glass than the back. The front is fastened by two hooks and eyes at the collar and twelve wooden buttons. The jacket is lined with a brown cotton. The interior has a cotton tie.
Bullock Yoke
1890
A wooden cattle yoke used at Windsor Park, North Otago. Displayed in Centennial Procession at Oamaru in 1963.
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