Sample, Marquetry

An intricate 12 pointed star shaped marquetry sample which features numerous small pieces of wood made to form a series of repeating star patterns.
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This piece of fine marquetry shows how a notorious Taranaki outlaw saw the light and turned his life around.
As a young man, Bob Wallath terrorised New Plymouth during the early 1890s, carrying out a series of robberies while wearing an elaborate pseudo military disguise and gaining infamy as the Highwayman.
After being dramatically unmasked in a failed attempt to rob the Criterion Hotel he was sentenced to eight years jail.
He emerged from jail a changed man with strong religious convictions and went on to lead a quiet and productive life as a builder.
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