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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 48



The cabinet, consisting of 8508 pieces of New Zealand Woods, has an elliptic top, in the centre of which is an enlarged copy of the old Provincial Seal of Otago, N.Z., and on the sides are carved ferns copied from nature. Over the principal mirror, in the hack of the cabinet, are six panels of totara-knot, moki. pukaki, and figwood, studded with moki buttons. The border round the mirror is inlaid with pepperwood and goai. Supporting the centre glass are two carved brackets of rimu inlaid with moki, and having centre-pieces of silver pine. Under the glass there are a series of arches, supported by turned pilasters, and these are thrown out in relief by gilding. Below the arches is a shelf made of rimu, and under this there are four mirrors framed with riwa-riwa and moki. The top of the cabinet proper is of rimu, tastefully moulded and carved. The enclosed portion is made of riwa-riwa. The doors have each panels of moki, inlaid with fine lines of totara, and the centres of the doors are made from broadleaf burr. The mouldings of the panels consist of riwa-riwa, moki, and bog manuka. There is also a large amount of ornamental work about the cabinet, and specimens of mottled kauri, figwood, and goai are placed in conspicuous positions.