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Australian 'goldfields' brooch commissioned by Edward Austin, c1855

This is a rectangular rusticated wire framework brooch that features miniature copies of mining equipment. In the centre, a miner works a windlass and bucket above a sluice box. On either side is a crossed pick and shovel. The whole brooch is surrounded by a framework of leaves. It was made in about 1855.

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Boar's head covered tureen, 1878

This is a large tureen and cover manufactured by Mintons in England in 1878. The tureen and cover is sculpted in the shape of a boar's head with upward-pointing snout and tusks, recessed eyes and ears swept back. The textured fur is painted with rich aubergine and brown glazes and is covered in places with green oak leaves ...

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Carved emu egg, c1900

This is an emu egg carved in cameo technique and mounted on a silver tripod stand, made by Jonaski Takuma, Sydney, New South Wales. The carved bush scene depicts two bushmen seated beside a campfire, watching a billy boil. The carved egg measures 12.0 cm high x 16.2 cm wide x 11.4 cm deep.

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Laminated glass sculpture, 'The Beginning of the End', c1995

This is a glass collage exploring the theme of birth and the intensity of life through a chaotic and colourful juxtaposition of glass assembled then fired. the panel is: 86.5 cm x 24.0 cm.

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'Emu beaker', 1917

This is a beaker made in 1917 from earthenware clay by Gladys Reynell (1881-1956), which measures 10.0 cm (height) x 8.7 cm (diameter). A very simple, tapered cylindrical form, it is primarily red-brown in colour. The shine that can be seen on the lip of the beaker indicates that the surface has been sealed (and therefore ...

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Olympic Sports Mascot pins, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

This is a limited-edition collection of 47 Olympic Sports Mascot pins from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. They are mounted in a wooden frame measuring 57.0 cm x 40.5 cm x 2.5 cm. The words 'SYDNEY 2000' can be seen at the bottom of the frame. The pins, displayed against an orange and green mount depicting an athletics track, ...

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'FX Holden', 1977

This is an earthenware clay sculpture designed to resemble an early model Holden car. Made in 1977 by Margaret Dodd (1941-), the work measures 17.5 cm x 42.0 cm x 19.0 cm. The car has a compact, all-over rounded shape with a high, slightly curved roof, a rounded bonnet and pronounced mudguards. The body of the car is black ...

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Shark vase, 1987

This is an earthenware clay sculptural vase, made in 1987 by Lorraine Jenyns (1945-). Measuring 36 cm x 23 cm x 20 cm, the vase is in the shape of a shark's head that is set on a flat base with the head pointing upwards. The shark's mouth is gaping wide open to reveal two rows of shiny white pointed teeth. One small button-like ...

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Mintons 'The seasons' tiles by John Moyr Smith, c1878-85

This is a group of eight earthenware tiles designed by John Moyr Smith in about 1878 and made by Mintons China Works, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, about 1885. The square tiles, each measuring 15.2 cm x 1.0 cm, are transfer-printed with a decoration in four colours (grey, pale yellow, brown and olive green) and ...

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 4

This is an excerpt from a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films titled 'A shining example.' The excerpt begins with a silverware salesman and two customers visiting a factory that produces electroplated silverware. They are greeted at the front door of a brick building, with all three ...

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 5

This is an excerpt from a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films Pty Ltd titled 'A shining example.' It begins with an intertitle that reads 'Remarkable mechanical advances in the manufacture of Electro-Plated Silverware enable the body of the teapot to be accurately shaped by a 10 ...

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 6

This is a clip from a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films titled 'A shining example.' It begins with an intertitle that reads 'Now thoroughly cleaned, the teapot receives its first coat of pure silver by being dipped in a "Striking Bath" containing liquid silver.' A worker wearing ...

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 7

This is an excerpt from a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films titled 'A shining example.' It begins with an intertitle that reads 'The burnished process not only brightens the teapot, but it produces a hardness which ensures greater wearing qualities.' Three women work at a table ...

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 8

This is an excerpt from the end of a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films titled 'A shining example.' A silverware salesman and two customers visiting a factory look on as a man buffs a silverplated teapot using a rotary wheel. Other silverware produced at the factory can be seen. ...

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Bendigo Pottery 'Waverley Ware' jug, c1925-35

This is an earthenware 'Waverley Ware' jug with a low, sharply carinated body, wishbone handle and long spout, manufactured at some stage between 1925 and 1935. The jug has been glazed in brown and streaked with a lighter colour. Fixed to one side of the jug is an oval silver paper label.

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Afshan runner from the Shirvan district, North Caucasus, c1800

This is a long rectangular runner rug with predominantly woollen warps, cotton wefts and knotted woollen pile. It was manufactured in the Shirvan district of the Kuba region of the North Caucasus in around 1800. The dark blue field is filled with rosettes and palmettes linked by vertically aligned and somewhat geometric ...

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Doulton porcelain plate, c1892

This is a dessert plate featuring a scalloped rim and hand-painted Australian wildflowers. It is made of porcelain (bone china) and was manufactured by Doulton and Co at Burslem in Staffordshire, England, around 1892. It was painted by Louis Bilton.

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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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Splayd eating utensils, 1962

These are six stainless-steel Splayd eating utensils. They were designed by William McArthur and manufactured by Stokes (Australasia) Ltd, Japan, in 1962.