Inlaid table presented to Mr H D McIntosh by the Australian Victoria Cross recipients from First World War
|Title||Inlaid table presented to Mr H D McIntosh by the Australian Victoria Cross recipients from First World War|
|Maker||H Goldman Manufacturing Co.|
|Place made||Australia: Victoria, Melbourne|
|Date made||c 1924|
Glass topped timber table inlaid with distinctive state and territory timbers to form a marquetry map of Australia. Tasmania is represented by Huon pine; Western Australian by jarrah; South Australia by blue gum; Queensland by blond maple; Victoria by mountain ash; New South Wales by cedar; Northern Territory by sandlewood. The 65 squares surrounding the map are of Tasmanian blackwood burl and represent the 46 surviving and 19 deceased australian Victoria Cross recipients of the time. The banding around Australia and the blackwood squares are of Tasmanian myrtlebeech. The cross banding and legs are made from Tasmanian blackwood and the legs are carved on the top and bottom with a gumnut and eucalyptus leaf ornamental moulding. Inlaid into the table top is an 81mm X 82mm gold plate. It is engraved: 'To the Honourable Hugh Donald McIntosh MLC, JP. From HIS SOLDIER FRIENDS IN AUSTRALIA WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918. AUSTRALIA 1924.' The plate is impressed: '15ct' 'T.GAUNT&CO.'
The 'VC Table' was presented to Hugh Donald McIntosh in 1924 by the surviving Australian Victoria Cross (VC) recipients of the First World War, for his services to returning soldiers. It is made from nine distinctive types of timber representing the different states and territory of Australia. The top of the table has 65 parquetry squares representing the number of Australian VC recipients. It was manufactured by H Goldman and Company, a Melbourne based firm popular with organisations for the production of distinctively Australian cabinet work. The table was accompanied by an Illuminated Address including a testimonial with the names of 36 VC recipients as well as former Prime Minister William Hughes and David Gilpin, the Mayor of Sydney. It was hoped that the items would be installed in McIntosh's new home at Broome Park near Canterbury in England, the former estate of Lord Kitchener. McIntosh had leased the estate in 1923, though his fortunes later waned and he moved to more modest accommodation. In 1936 it was reported that 'the magnificent table, built of rare woods' stood in his London office.