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.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Homo Neanderthalis (Neanderthal) Stone Chopper (Polyhendron Form) circa 200,000 years BCE, Middle East

Polyhedron Chopper

Neanderthal (Homo Neanderthalis) Mortar & Pestal, Syria circa 200,000 years BCE

The basic shape, form and utilization of our own mortar and pestal's have not fundamentally changed for over 500,000 years or more.

This example comes from the Middle East probably around the area of Bosra, Syria and dated to approximately 200,000 years  +/- 30,000 years. As you can see the two a pieces (male and female) are a perfect match.

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.