Post Medieval Bendigo (Australia) Goldfields Gold Buckle Ring
Antiquities - Post Medieval
Lot No. 646
Dated 1856, and from the famous Australian Bendigo mine gold rush, this buckle ring bears the internal inscription "From Break-o-day Gold Mine, Bendigo. May 2nd 1856 C. J. Brown". See Bendigo Its Environs, volume 1 for background information. Gold, 16.27 grams, 23.41 mm, 18.73 internal diameter (Approximate size UK R, USA 8 1/2, Europe 18 3/4, Japan 18).
Condition: Externally worn. Extremely rare attributed item from the early period of this important Australian goldfield.
Provenance: Property of a retired Australian gentleman.
Comments notes: Alluvial gold was first discovered at Bendigo Creek in 1851 and soon traced back to the source reefs. By June 1852, there were over 20,000 diggers in the area and, by 1862, it is estimated that the field had produced up to 4,000,000 ounces of gold. Mines in the area are still productive today.
Estimate: £800 - 1,200 (EUR 1,000 - 1,500; USD 1,330 - 2,000)
16th December 2010
at The Swedenborg Hall 20-21 Bloomsbury Way
London WC1A 2TH
Sold for: £2,200
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Lot No. 646