A Viennese silver plated bronze emu by Bergman, Vienna, naturalistically cast, on a circular base inscribed 'Nam Greb' with foundry stamp and presentation inscription 'To Harry Lauder. A souvenir of a glorious Success, Sydney, July 1st 1914, from J & N. Tait.', height 16 cm. Other Notes: Harry Lauder, the popular Scottish singer and comedian had a hugely successful tour of Melbourne and Sydney from 26th March until 1st July, 1914. J & N Tait were entrepreneurs and concert promoters in Melbourne.
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- Bronze - An alloy of copper and tin, traditionally in the proportions of about 9 parts of copper to 1 part of tin.
The discovery of bronze in Western Asia in the 4th century enabled people to create metal objects which were superior to those previoulsy possible because of its strength and hardness, and it has been used throughout the world for weapons, coins, tools, statuary and other decorative items.
It is very fluid in a molten state, and its hardness, strength when set, and non-corrosive properties makes it most suitable for casting sculpture.
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