This blog is a electronic museum of my collections of antiquities, ethnographic, first editions, retro pottery from the 1950's to early 1970's, shell, mineral and gemstone samples,fossils and other wonderful things! Comments are welcome on the objects including advice which will add to my own wonderment and knowledge.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Crusader/Templar Denier Tournois (Coin) 1278-1285 CE

Found at Achaea, Greece, a Charles I, used by both Crusader and Templar Denier Tournois (Coin) 1278-1285. AD. Obv: small cross with K R PRINC ACH legend. Rev: castle Tournois with CLARENTIA legend. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Medieval Gilded Ring Brooch c1300 - 1350, Cambridgeshire, England

A lovely Medieval Ring Brooch with repeated arch and rib design, gilding and dark red colouring c 1300-1350. Discovered in Cambridgeshire. 
Provenance: Private Cambridge collection. 
Measures 18 mm in diameter.  

Medieval Bronze Seal c 1350 CE, York, England

Bronze medieval seal which displays a coat of arms surmounted with a crown. The artifact was discovered near York. Provenance: From an old Yorkshire collection; acquired 1940s - early 1950s. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Vintage English Moorcroft Powder Blue Bowl made for Liberty England c1940

Ming Dynasty Blue and White Wine Cup (ex Peter Elliot Collection) c 1450-1650, China

Dr. Elliott was a highly respected Australian doctor who, throughout his career, travelled extensively across South East Asia and Oceania teaching doctors in the region. It was during these trips that Dr. Elliott became fascinated with the local art and artefacts and thus began his life-long passion for collecting Oceanic and South East Asian Art.

Over many years of travelling the globe, Dr. Elliott amassed incredible works of art from Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, The Philippines, Vanuatu and the Himalayan region which now formed a significant part of his remarkable collection.

The Peter Elliott Collection was an extraordinary private collection acquired over seventy years by a remarkable and inspiring man. Peter Elliott grew up surrounded by art – his father was a friend and patron of Norman Lindsay, and several other modern Australian artists – and he acquired his first piece in 1947, soon after he left his service with the Navy at the age of seventeen. Following graduation, he went on to become a highly respected and decorated surgeon, but it was as a passionate and dedicated art collector that he became most well-known. 

When he passed away recently this extraordinary collection went up for auction...this is just one piece.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Rare Stone Axe Heads: Wahgi Valley Papua New Guinea circa early 1930s.

Before the first Australian patrol to Mt Hagen in 1933, stone axes were in daily use in the Papua New Guinea Highlands and were widely traded.

Many occurrences of hard rocks suitable for axe making were exploited, but only at a few centres was the manufacture of axes carried out on a large scale. In recent times, a group of axe factories located in the Wahgi and Jimi Valleys accounted for the bulk of production  and may stretch back 2,500 years. 

They are no longer made (being replaced with metal trade goods) and the knowledge of how to make them has essentially been lost in the face of modern cultural influences. If owned now, they are essentially used for ceremonial purposes or as visual demonstrations of wealth and family history.

These 2 specimens were collected in the early 1970's.