Presentation trowel, sterling silver, gold, ivory, used by Mary Ann Harris to place the final stone of the Centennial Hall of Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1889 made by Martin, Hall and Company, London, England, 1887
A triangular presentation trowel in sterling silver with turned [ivory] handle slightly waisted with a low-relief acanthus collar at the curved silver shank which terminates in a stylised palmette at the joining point with the blade. Blade inscribed in the central reserve starting at tip and progressing down the blade towards the handle: 'IN / COMMEMORATION / OF / placing in / position the / final stone of / the / CENTENNIAL HALL. / by / Miss. MA. Harris. / daughter of / JOHN HARRIS, ESQ. / Mayor of Sydney.'. The inscription is framed by a wide border richly engraved with flowers, foliage, birds and geometric motifs in the Aesthetic Movement style. The reverse of the blade inscribed: 'Presented / BY / J. STEWART & CO / Contractors / April. 10th 1889.'.
Makers marks, underside of blade at edge, stamped, Martin Hall & Co, London 1887, with serial number, '96271x'