A wooden jewellery box decorated with fine marquetry work. The box is shaped like a small chest with a hinged lid. The lid features an intricate 20 pointed star at the centre, and two bands of repeating diamond designs running across it and down onto the base. The base features two smaller 15 pointed stars on the front and an identical pair of stars on the back. A fine horizontal border edged the box. The underside of the lid features different intricate stars and " A L W " is inlaid in paua shell, with stars and chequerboard designs on either side. A compartmentalised tray, lined with red, blue, green and crimson velvet lifts out to reveal the larger space underneath, which is lined with floral wallpaper. A lock is visible on the front, and the original key is included.
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Mrs Talbot said when her grandmother died in 1967 she left the jewellery box to her mother, Kathleen Pittams, and when she died in 2007, it ended up in her hands.
Talking about the donation in the Taranaki Daily News, Mrs Talbot said the family wanted to preserve the history of the box for future generations. " The main reason of bringing it here is once our generation is gone, where would it go next? We didn't want the story or the box to be lost." Mrs Talbot said. Read more about the escapades of the Highwayman in A Folk Hero or a 'Luny' ?: The Highwayman in Moffat, A. Flashback: Tales and Treasures of Taranaki. Wellington, Huia, 2012, pp.270-273. http://www.pukeariki.com/Heritage/Flashback.aspx