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Listed under:  Society  >  Culture  >  Costume  >  Jewellery

Goldfields brooch, c1860

This a 19th-century goldfields brooch made of 18-carat gold and featuring a miniature gold miner with equipment that includes picks, shovels, pans, a sieve, a revolver and a bucket. The miner is surrounded by a foliate design. The brooch-maker is unknown, but the brooch has an accompanying case (not shown) labelled 'A. ...


Gold and sapphire finger ring, c1928

This is a gold finger ring featuring a yellow sapphire. The ring was manufactured by Rhoda Wager in Australia in around 1928.


Gold bracelet with Australian motifs, 1858-63

This is a gold bracelet manufactured by Hogarth, Erichsen and Co, Sydney, Australia at some stage between 1853 and 1863. The bracelet consists of a flexible band of nine jointed openwork panels decorated with Australian flora and fauna motifs. The band widens at the centre and tapers towards a fastener at each end. The ...


Gold pendant set with a semi-precious stone, c1880

This gold pendant was excavated at Casselden Place, Melbourne, in 2003. It has a floral design and is set with a semi-precious stone. It is now part of the Little Lonsdale Street archaeological collection at Museum Victoria.


Janet Templeton's pearl necklace and brooches, 1826

These are a pearl necklace and three matching brooches that belonged to Janet Templeton, an early sheep grazier in New South Wales and Victoria. The necklace has small pearls sewn onto a mother-of-pearl frame, six leaf shapes on the string and an ornate leaf-pattern centrepiece attached to a metal support. The brooches ...


Capacity of elevators - mathematics activities

The items in this collage of warning and advisory signs for lifts (elevators) come from several different countries. Apart from the simplistic comparisons of 'average' weights of people in different cultures, more sophisticated mathematics, such as using a confidence interval to ensure reasonable safety margins, can be ...


Spectators at the 1913 Hobart regatta

This is a short excerpt from a 1913 silent black-and-white newsreel, entitled 'Hobart Regatta 1913'. It shows a group of young men joking with one another on a jetty with women and children standing behind them. One child in a distinctive cap appears occasionally in the foreground peering intently towards the camera. Mount ...


Kiwi pendant, 19th century

This is a pendant made from 9 carat gold and the beak of a kiwi ('Apteryx' species), a flightless bird unique to New Zealand. The maker is unknown, but it is believed to have been created in the 19th century. At the broad end of the beak is a gold mount with a loop. The mount is inscribed with the Mäori word, Taihoa, meaning ...


Huia beak brooch, c1900

This is a gold-mounted brooch with chain, made from the beak of a female huia ('Heteralocha acutirostris'), a bird native to New Zealand that became extinct in 1907. There is an engraved floral design on the gold mount. At the proximal end of the beak (the end that attached to the bird), there is a scroll and ball ornamentation ...


Perfume-bottle holder, c1875

This is a 'lady's companion' - a perfume-bottle holder - made by German master silversmith Henry Steiner (1835-1914), who came to Adelaide in 1858. The work measures 33.5 cm x 24.0 cm x 11.8 cm. Its most remarkable feature is the centrepiece of the design, which is an actual emu egg that encloses two perfume bottles. The ...


Mourning brooch, mid-19th century

This is a small mourning bar brooch made of black enamel mounted on silver that belonged to Margaret Harris. It has an inset sprig design of silver with three natural pearls. It was made in the mid-19th century, about 1840-70, possibly in Britain. It measures 4.3 cm x 0.9 cm.


'Pendant', 1977

This is a gold and stainless steel pendant made by Frank Bauer (1942-) in 1977. Measuring 22.0 cm x 5.5 cm, it consists of a decorative rectangular unit attached to a neck chain. The rectangular unit is composed of small open cubes made from squared rods of gold metal. These cubes are arranged in rows of six, one row below ...


Earrings for men, 1974 - asset 1

This is an excerpt taken from the beginning of an item in a black-and-white Australian Movie Magazine newsreel produced in early April 1974. It begins with a scene showing the sign 'EAR PIERCING' on a building while the commentary indicates that pierced ears are the latest fashion for men. A sequence of scenes follows in ...


Earrings for men, 1974 - asset 2

This is an excerpt taken from the middle of an item in a black-and-white Australian Movie Magazine newsreel produced in early April 1974. It shows Bruce and Walsh Diamonds, a jewellery shop in Sydney. A man is inspecting the shop's range of earrings as the commentator explains the different types of earrings available from ...


Demi-parure by J M Wendt, 1860-70

This is a gold demi-parure comprising a brooch and pendant earrings, and was made between 1860 and 1870 by J M Wendt in Adelaide, South Australia. The brooch is decorated with a central flower that is set above a bud and leaf and flanked on either side by leaves. There is a fine gold chain and safety pin attached to the ...


Walsh and Sons gold brooch, 1855-60

This is a gold brooch that was made between 1855 and 1860 by Walsh and Sons, who were jewellers in Melbourne, Victoria. The precious stones featured in this piece of jewellery include enamelled turquoise, emeralds and diamonds. Its basic design is a leaf that is enamelled in turquoise blue and set within a gold frame shaped ...


'Moorish' style gold brooch, c1860

This is a gold brooch set with opals and emeralds, probably made in England in about 1860, and retailed by Hardy Brothers of Sydney, New South Wales. The main central unit of the brooch is a deeply scalloped and curved symmetrical form made in gold. Its surface is decorated with engraved floriate designs and its outer edges ...


Mourning pendant by John Wilkinson, 1826

This is a mourning pendant in a cast gold frame with a depiction of stylised roses, made in 1826 in the workshop of 'John Wilkinson, Jeweller and Silversmith', in Leeds, England. The pendant consists of a gold case that encloses, under glass, an ornamental motif composed of items of curled hair, various lengths and shapes ...


'En tremblant' brooch, c1765

This is a silver, brass, paste and topaz brooch, made in France or England between 1750 and 1780 by an unknown maker. The brooch measures 8 cm (width) x 3 cm (height) and consists of a number of floral and leaf motifs in various sizes mounted on a gently arching, sprig-like structure of silver wire. The motifs are arranged ...


Bangle by Henry Steiner, 1878-80

This is an 18-carat-gold bangle made by Henry Steiner (1835-1914) in 1878-80 in Adelaide, South Australia. It is a wide, oval band with a hinged clasp to the right. The manufacturer's stamp, seen inside the bangle reads 'H. STEINER ADELAIDE'. The text 'Soyons toujours unis / par un divin amour' appears in low relief calligraphic-style ...