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Post Medieval Bendigo (Australia) Goldfields Gold Buckle Ring

Antiquities - Post Medieval


LOT 646

Estimate
£800 - 1,200
EUR 1,010 - 1,510
USD 1,250 - 1,880

Sold for: £2,200

POST MEDIEVAL BENDIGO (AUSTRALIA) GOLDFIELDS GOLD BUCKLE RING

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". 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). Externally worn. Extremely rare attributed item from the early period of this important Australian goldfield.

Provenance
Property of a retired Australian gentleman.

Literature
See Bendigo Its Environs, volume 1 for background information.

Footnotes
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.

Date
Thursday 16th December 2010 at The Swedenborg Hall 20-21 Bloomsbury Way
London WC1A 2TH

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