Boa, Ostrich feather with tassels; Unknown maker; 1870-1910; RI.W2011.3067


Boa, Ostrich feather with tassels

About this object

This ostrich feather boa together with a number of garments and other accessories were donated by Mackintosh siblings Lesley, June, Robyn and William (Bill) who trace their paternal line to their great-great grandparents, James and Anne Mackintosh who emigrated from Melbourne to Southland in 1866 and farmed properties in Western Southland called Strathmore, then Mayfield and Gladfield near Drummond.

This pioneering couple had 11 children. The donors’ link to the second son William who married Caroline Bennett in 1880, they had ten children and farmed at Gladfield, the homestead for which was known as Greenlea.

This boa would have been worn by women from the first two generations of the Mackintosh family in Southland.


Unknown maker

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Medium and Materials

organic, animal, feather, ostrich feathers

The tassels are either cotton or silk:
organic, processed material, animal, animal product, silk
organic, vegetal, fibre, cotton


l 1540 mm x w 220 mm x d 30 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Clothing and Accessories

Subject and Association Keywords

People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

Named Collection

Mackintosh Family Collection

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