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Australiana? Not Quite!

This interesting unsigned watercolour was an exciting recent purchase from a local estate. Exciting, because my imagination ran wild… I could see: Colonial period ships. Rather dark people standing up in a ‘canoe’… The tree so prominently featured looks just like a large Eucalypt specimen, as depicted by early colonial artists. On the left are a…

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Australian timbers document box, earlier 20th century

Well-made Australian timbers document box, the front & back panels solid fiddleback blackwood, the sides alternating huon & cedar, the top inlayed with an intricate geometric pattern in the same timbers. Earlier 20th century. 30×17.5cm, 16cm high Good condition with minor signs of age.

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Sterling Silver mounted knife & fork, Chalmers crest, 1861

Victorian knife & fork, the handles Sterling Silver (Sheffield 1861) with engraved steel blades ‘close-plated’ with silver. Handles bearing a heraldic crest – Eagle rising with ‘SPERO’ (Hope) – for Chalmers of Aldbar Castle, Forfar, Scotland knife 21cm some wear & signs of age. The 16th century castle Aldbar, extensively ‘improved’ by the Chalmers family…

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Sterling Silver mounted knife & fork, Chalmers crest, 1861

Victorian knife & fork, the handles Sterling Silver (Sheffield 1861) with engraved steel blades ‘close-plated’ with silver. Handles bearing a heraldic crest – Eagle rising with ‘SPERO’ (Hope) – for Chalmers of Aldbar Castle, Forfar, Scotland knife 21cm some wear & signs of age. The 16th century castle Aldbar, extensively ‘improved’ by the Chalmers family…

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