An impressive 19thC figured kauri boxed and covered album

Estimate: $1,600

Lot Description

An impressive 19thC figured kauri boxed and covered album, 'Sketches, Scraps, Ferns & Fancies', the book form outer case with mottled kauri covers and photo set cartouche of a young Maori woman opening to reveal the album with tooled leather spine and figured kauri covers carved with entitlement and applied with leaves and oval cartouche with silver engraved leaf incorporating the scripted initials 'CB', the album of mainly decorative fern displays, many with botanical names together with a portrait photo, other photos including buildings, people, etc., three pages of signatures including Charles Blomfield, Nelson, August 31st 1891, Annie Vaile, Colegrove, Woolley Charles Spurgeon, etc., large format George Valentine photo 'The Great Wairakei Geyser', printed image and list of 'Officers, 1887' pertaining to 'The Auckland Tabernacle Baptist Church', scraps, etc. The album 355 x 280mm.