Threads of connection
HR101/12-1:3. Detail view of an Egyptian-revival necklace in the form of a long serpentine silver rope chain set with turquoise glass scarabs and faux pearls. It has lengths of serpentine silver rope chain alternating between paired claw set glass scarabs and wire strung single faux pearls. The stylised glass scarabs are moulded and highlighted with gilt. The necklace is broken into three sections but is complete with the exception of one missing scarab and one missing pearl. Two pearls are damaged, one is scarab chipped and all are loose in their settings. Maker unknown, no maker’s mark, early 20th century. The Hamilton Rouse Hill Trust Collection, courtesy of the Historic Houses Trust, Photograph (c) Jamie North

Treasures from our collections

This assemblage of objects has been drawn from the diverse collections of Sydney Living Museums. The selection ranges from fine jewels to presentation watches, from pieces of sheet music to broken toys. Each object has been chosen for its capacity to tell a particular story but collectively they speak of love, loss and lives lived.

The objects have been grouped into thematic sets. Explore a set, or choose an image at random, either way will pick up the thread of a story and may lead to another story. Some threads may unravel, others will entangle.

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