This sterling silver cigar case, made by Alfred Taylor, is hallmarked Birmingham 1855-56. It was presented by a wealthy Australian speculator, squatter and merchant Hugh Glass (1817-1871) to Samuel Henry Bindon (1812-1879), a prominent Victorian politician, 'in remembrance of Professional exertions, Melbourne, 1858'.

Physical Description

Flattened rectangular, sterling silver case, with hinged lid. Lined with brown leather. Engraved all over with intricate leaf and flower motif. Central panel on obverse engraved with inscription. Hallmarked on reverse across lid and case.


Hugh Glass was a wealthy squatter who had arrived in the colony in 1840. By 1860 he was reputed to be the richest man in the colony. Samuel Bindon was a lawyer, politician, leading proponent of technical education, and the founding chairman of the trustees of the Industrial & Technological Museum. It is not entirely clear what services Bindon may have provided Glass, who had a reputation for using his wealth to influence political decisions. Further research should reveal a rich story. Both men were successful Irish immigrants to the colony.

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