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A Memento of Hawaii.—We strolled into Mr. Lafrenz’s cabinet shop a day or two since, to see some specimens of domestic cabinet ware, recently made by him. They consisted of two chests, manufactured by order of Mr. Wyllie, out of our native woods, and are intended as presents from His Excellency to lady Franklin and her niece Miss Cracroft. The larger of the two is made of koa, edged with ebony wood. The lid is tastefully decorated with various kinds of wood, and in the center is a square of black ebony inlaid, in which are bronze and pearl designs, with a small silver-plate, on which is inscribed “Lady Franklin, Honolulu, 1861.” The inside of the chest is lined with sandal-wood, which emits a most fragrant and pleasant odor. The whole is finished with French polish, and as a specimen of art in these islands, and as a memento of her visit here and of the generous donor, will no doubt be highly prized by her ladyship. The second chest, intended for Miss Cracroft, is quite small, but finished in the same style. We give the varieties of wood used: koa, kauwila, kou, koala, sandal-wood and black ebony; all native woods, except the last, which is from Ascension Island. As a specimen of cabinet ware, we have no fear of its being surpassed by the native products of any other country that may undertake to rival it.
(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 5/16/1861, p. 2)