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Name/title Maker Production date Description
Microscope Set Microscope Set
1880s
Brass binocular microscope with wooden case. This microscope was used by museum curator Thomas Forrester to view diatoms.

Pieces as follows:
A - Rectangular wooden box (with no lid) that has a handle on one of the long side. The interior has compartments for the various pieces of the microscope.
B - Base of the microscope. Brass. Two main supporting legs joined by a rectangular flat section with a lens in the centre. Joined to the front of the rectangular section is a circular tube with a rectangular base on top of it. On either side is a large knob which together raise and lower the screw for attaching the eyepiece. There is a fastening knob on it. Attached to the bottom of the circular tube is a mirror on a swivel.
C - Eyepieces consisting of two circular tubes which meet at the bottom and are joined to a base which slots onto B. Also on the base is a lens.
D - Piece of tube consisting of two sections, one slightly larger than the other.
E - Lens consisting of two sections, one slightly larger than the other.
F - Same as E.
G - Canister for a lens "1/12 INCH".
H - Lid for canister G "HOMOGENEOUS IMMERSION 1/12 INCH WATSON & SONS 313 HIGH HOLBORN LONDON".
I - Lens "1/12 IN. HOMOG: IMMN" and "1.25 N.A.".
J - Canister for lens.
K - Lid for canister J. "2 Inch".
L - Lens.
Oamaru Harbour Board Chairman's Chair 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.
Chair 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.
Wedding dress Wedding dress
Circa 1880
Long black frock and long sleeves. Worn as a wedding dress in 1880 by Margaret Moncrieff. She was married in old St Paul's Manse in 1880, by Rev A.B. Todd to John Edmonson.The couple lived at Moeraki where John was a fisherman.

Margaret Moncrieff came from Shetland Isles on the "Invercargill", taking journey taking 11 weeks. The groom was from Unst, Shetland Isles.

13 buttons down the front. Bustle at the back.
Military Tunic Military Tunic
1880s
A military tunic. Part of George Sumpter's full dress uniform as a local volunteer.
Tin Trunk 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 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 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 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 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.
Keystone Keystone
Circa 1882
A figural keystone in the form of a bearded man. Mounted on a wooden backing. Originally from an internal arch in the 1882 Waitaki County Council building on Thames Street, Oamaru.
Chisel Chisel
1870s
Slater's chisel from Slate Quarries, Otepopo. Metal chisel with circular head and long blade.
Box of Diatom Slides Box of Diatom Slides
Circa 1889
Wooden box of diatom microscope slides. The box is hinged at the back and has a hook and eye catch at the front. The front section with the hook on it is also hinged and lowers down.

The contents of the box from the bottom up is as follows:
An empty double slide holder.
A double slide holder with slides "Diatoms Troublesome Gully Oamaru" and "Diatom Forrester's.
A double slide holder with slides "Diatoms 14" and "6'.
A double slide holder with slides "Diatom W B Oamaru Feb 89" and "Diatom W B Oamaru Feb 89".
An empty double slide holder.
Microscope Preparation Items Microscope Preparation Items
1880s
Items used to prepare microscope slides, especially diatom slides.

They are as follows:
Circular cardboard canister of filament like objects 'bristles' on label, contains rats whiskers used to move diatoms when mounting microscope slides.
Tissue wrapped bundle of seven pieces of gauze like material of different sizes and one piece of dark coloured velvet.
Glass dish with lid.
Three white and one cream chine dishes.
Purple cardboard box and contents "1 OZ MICROSCOPIC GLASS CIRCLES 1 1/8 In. No. 1".
Green cardboard box and contents "THIN GLASS 1g No 1 5/8" R & J BECK LONDON & PHILADELPHIA".
Red cardboard box and contents "No. 1 MICRO. COVERS 7/8" CIRCLES 1/2 OUNCE".
Tracing wheel.
Four objects, possibly wax, with a picture of a bull in the centre and "FABRICANTES ULLATHORNE & CO LONDRES" around the edge.
Two pieces of metal rod welded together.
Box of Diatom Slides Box of Diatom Slides
1880s
Wooden box of diatom microscope slides. Some slides labelled with species names and diagrams. The box is hinged at the back with two hook catches at the front. The section with the catches on it is also hinged and lowers down flat.

The contents are as follows.:

A six slide holder with three slides one of which is broken.
A six slide holder with six slides four of which are labelled.
A six slide holder with six slides all of which are labelled.
A six slide holder with six slides none of which are labelled.
A six slide holder with six slides all of which are labelled.
A six slide holder with six slides all of which are labelled.
The Students Handbook to the Microscope The Students Handbook to the Microscope
1887
Book, The Students Handbook to the Microscope by A Quekett Club-man.
Model Ship - SS Star of England 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 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 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 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.
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