Piece of Ivory circa 1970s. It was found in a pile of woodturned objects in Area B2 at Adolph Bruhn & Son's Wood Turners Shop, 283 Coventry Street, South Melbourne. The business was established by Adolph Bruhn circa 1893 in Little Collins Street, Melbourne. Upon his death in 1919 it was then operated by Adolph's son Sophus Christopher Bruhn. Upon Sophus's death in 1959 his son Sophus Walter Bruhn took over the business. In 1970 Sophus reduced the scale of the business and relocated to South Melbourne. The business closed upon Sophus's death in January 1990.

Adolph Bruhn migrated to Australia from Germany in 1884, at the age of 29. He arrived in Adelaide where he lived for 10 months before moving to Victoria, where he settled, established his business, married and had five children.

Physical Description

Curved piece of ivory with one sawn, straight end, two sawn, straight sides and one ragged end. Outer convex surface has cream and brown vertical striations running across the surface. A number has been written onto a shaved area near one side and several thick diagonal slashes are present in the surface. Inner concave surface is smooth and dark brown in colour.

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