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Wow. I wouldn't know where to begin with pricing this one - an amazing piece. Starting at just $1 feels risky but hopefully it will go to a new owner who appreciates it.

Up for auction is an antique metal deed box, in a leather case (with leather belt).

The deed box comes with a removable metal tray/shelf.

The name on the front, R. J. S. Harman, refers to the owner - Richard James Strachan Harman.

From wikipedia:
"Richard James Strachan Harman (14 April 1826 – 26 November 1902) was trained as a civil engineer. However, in Christchurch, New Zealand, he worked as a bureaucrat, politician and businessman. He was one of the Canterbury Pilgrims, having arrived in Lyttelton, on Sir George Seymour, one of the First Four Ships. He was a business partner of Edward Cephas John Stevens and senior partner of Harman and Stevens, and together they took financial control of the Christchurch newspaper The Press from its original proprietor, James FitzGerald, over a protracted period. Harman held many important roles with the Canterbury Provincial Council and was the last Deputy-Superintendent."

The box itself has some rust, as can be seen in the pictures, and the leather case is worn and a bit discoloured. The box is not locked and I do not have the key.

This is your chance to own a unique piece of NZ History.
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  • Seller location: Christchurch City, Canterbury, NZ

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