07 June 2012

Created in pure silver ...

Thermal springs depositing silver, lead and zinc sulphides formed in mud from hot springs on the ocean floor, 700 million years ago, play their part in Broken Hill ultimately becoming known as The Silver City.

Adelaide silversmith, Henry Steiner used 8.5 kg of silver to craft this epergne (or table centrepiece), for the Melbourne International Exhibition of 1880.  It remains on exhibit at the Albert Kersten Mining and Mineral Museum, in Broken Hill.


Photo taken with permission, over a security fence, and through glass cabinet.


The Silver Tree, Height: 66 cm. Width 41 cm.

7 comments:

Jean said...

WOW! Amazing!

Jenni said...

That is amazing... Would be worth a lot with today's silver prices!
Jenni

Island Rambles Blog said...

wow that shot turned out great even through the glass...wonderful!

schöngeist for two said...

wow wonderful so schön .. ich bin begeisert!

Lieben Gruss Elke

heyBJK said...

Wow! I wonder how much that thing is worth! It's gorgeous!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Never seen anything like it. Thank you for braving security for the photo.

Jan Castle said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
Paper Hugs,
Jan