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Whale-tooth scrimshaw showing a blindfolded horseman, 1855-65

This is a scrimshawed and partly hollowed whale's tooth, cream in colour, depicting a blindfolded horseman wearing a cape and a Macedonian helmet. It was carved by Alfred Evans in Australia between 1855 and 1856. The horseman is brandishing a sword while mounted on a raised horse. The item is 65 mm wide.

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Harlequin cup and saucer, 1930-34

This is a Harlequin cup and saucer, manufactured in Australia from formaldehyde resin powder by Moulded Products between 1930 and 1934. The cup and saucer are orange with mottled red, blue, yellow and green distributed unevenly across their surfaces.

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Aircraft-recognition model of a North American AJ-2 Savage, 1940-59

This is an aircraft-recognition model of a North American AJ-2 Savage. The model is made of solid metal and is painted dark grey. It features high wings, large twin engines and a vertical stabiliser. There is a small pierced hole on the underside of the body, allowing the model to be supported by a vertical rod.

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Overalls worn by Charles Laseron, 1911-13

This is a pair of overalls worn in 1911-13 by Charles Francis Laseron during Sir Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition. They are made from heavy cotton twill and have a large waistband with buttons and wooden toggles. The waistband is designed to be buttoned to clothing worn over the top.

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'Oho' toy car, c1915

This 'Oho' toy car was made in Germany in about 1915 by E P Lehmann. It is an early veteran model with an upright steering wheel and artillery wheels, and is being 'driven' by a chauffeur in a red uniform and cap. A key in the side panel of the car is used to wind up the clockwork mechanism that sits underneath. The car ...

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'A motor ride' board game, 1930-50

This is an Australian-made and -designed board game for two, three or four players called 'A motor ride'. It was made by The National Game Company of Ballarat and Melbourne between 1930 and 1950. The game comprises a hinged board, instruction sheet (not shown), four coloured wooden counters, a die and cylindrical cardboard ...

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Boy's sailor suit, 1915-25

This two-piece sailor suit was manufactured in England between 1915 and 1925. The suit comprises a long-sleeved jacket and trousers in cream wool gaberdine. The jacket has a navy blue sailor collar, trimmed with three rows of white braid, attached to the jacket with seven buttons, and a navy rayon scarf. On the left sleeve ...

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Harlequin dessert plate, 1930-34

This is a Harlequin dessert plate made from formaldehyde resin powder by Australian Moulding Corporation / Moulded Products (Australasia) sometime between 1930 and 1934. It has a mottled orange, red, blue and yellow surface.

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Plastic 'Rhodoid' flowers, 1939

These are 'Rhodoid' plastic flowers, made in 1939 of fluorescent cellulose acetate. Their colourful fluorescence, which includes blue leaves, is highlighted by an ultraviolet light shining on them against a black background.

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KEM brand playing cards, c1941

These are three playing cards made of paper coated with cellulose acetetate. We see the backs of a brown and a green card, and the face - a joker - of a red one. The backs contain the same design, taken from an ancient Greek myth. A satyr (half man, half ram) is playing a flute and dancing with a woman, probably a nymph. ...

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Water de-salting kit, 1944

This is a water de-salting kit manufactured from resin, plastic and paper by Permutit Company, USA, in 1944. The kit comprises a lidded rectangular tin with printed text, a paper bag containing mending tape, a plastic drinking bladder and five paper-wrapped rectangular blocks of salt-removing chemicals. White twine has ...

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Cellulose acetate mouldings for spectacle frames, 1945

This is a display of 27 spectacle frames manufactured from cellulose acetate, made by the Commonwealth Moulding Pty Ltd, Australia, in a range of shapes and colours.

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Miniature bagpipes, 1952

These are plastic miniature bagpipes with a bright red Scottish tartan print bag and a set of parts, manufactured from plastic by Magnus Harmonica Corporation, USA. The set of parts includes the bag, drones, blowpipe and the chanter. The miniature bagpipes have three drones, which are light-brown marbled plastic with ribbed ...

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Trumpet-shaped automobile horn, 1904

This is a trumpet-shaped automobile horn made from copper. The horn consists of a long pipe that spirals around to form an open, flaring head. A metal device is screwed on to the back section of the horn, which would have attached it to the car. The original rubber bulb is missing and there is some green corrosion that ...

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Fortin-type barometer, 1833-55

This is a fortin-type barometer, manufactured from mercury, wood, metal and glass by Newman and Son, England, between 1833 and 1855. It comprises a central glass channel that ends in a cylindrical base with glass windows. The barometer has a graduated scale at upper right from '27' to '31'. There is also a mercury thermometer ...

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40-inch standard-measure line bar, early 19th century

This is a triangular solid-metal 40-inch (1.02-m) standard-measure line bar, made from metal and wood and stored in a polished timber case with a hinged lid. It has an associated stand (not shown). The line bar was used by Captain Henry Kater between 1820 and 1835 and by the Sydney Observatory, New South Wales, between ...

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Eastman Kodak 'Bullet' camera, 1936-42

This is a 'Bullet' camera, manufactured from Bakelite, glass and metal by Eastman Kodak, USA. It features a black Bakelite body and circular lens that can be extended by turning the round Bakelite barrel that frames the lens. The metal viewfinder can be folded down against the top of the camera when it is not in use. There ...

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Felt and Tarrant mechanical comptometer, 1915-20

This is a mechanical comptometer manufactured from metal and plastic by Felt and Tarrant, USA, at some stage between 1915 and 1920. The keyboard is a series of metal and plastic keys fixed onto 12 of 13 rows on a rectangular tan metal box. The plastic tops of the keys are dark green or yellow and each has a black or a white ...

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Stackhat protective sports helmet, 1987

This is a yellow Stackhat protective sports helmet and box, manufactured from plastic and metal by Rosebank Products, Victoria, in 1987.

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Sunbeam Mixmaster MX001, 1987

This is a Sunbeam Mixmaster MX001 manufactured by Sunbeam Corporation in Australia in 1987. It comprises a white moulded plastic stand, a leverable arm, a black plastic detachable turntable, a heat-resistant glass mixing bowl, a square chrome-plated beater and an oval chrome-plated beater. Other accessories in the set, ...