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.