Learn about Aboriginal Artefacts

Aboriginal art and artefact collecting goes back to early first contact times. In fact local Aboriginals around Sydney use to trade artefacts with visiting ships from the earliest days. Curio collecting has always been part of early exploration of the new world. Ceremonial adornment items that were made of perishable material were not preserved for future use and so early examples are very collectable. Early shields, clubs and boomerangs that were cherished as favourites and had developed a deep colour and patina are preferred. Historical items that were collected by early notable pioneers, explorers or anthropologists are of high interest to collectors. Some areas are collected because the artistic expression makes them more appealing when displayed. Production of artefacts has never ceased and are still made today for sale. Bark painting production started in mass in the 1950's and were sold via missionary shops. The earlier barks are more sought after. Now with many of the early artists and their roll in the maintenance of culture recognized, these barks are seen as important expressions of a past lifestyle.
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

An Aboriginal brass breast plate inscribed 'Queen Agnes of Anoora' depicting two kangaroos beside a tree to top left and two emus with a chick to top right with the inscription to the centre, stamped to rear with two unidentified marks and NSW, 21.2 cm wid

Aboriginal breast plate 'Colin King of Wallambata & Byron Plains' circa 1850s. Width 15 cm

Aboriginal breast plate engraved 'Mickey Chief Of Trinkee Plains' early cast brass circa 1840s. Width 15 cm

King Plate: Aboriginal breast plate or Gorget engraved 'Mulga King of the Barabinja, Bullan Plains, 1892'. Rare. 25 x 9 cm

Good collection of five brass Aboriginal King & Queen plates, including: 'Alice/ Queen /Of St. Clair', 'Toby/ King/ of Coal River', 'Peter/ King Of/ Wurtimurti/ Bourke Darling River' (NSW), 'King Billy/ Boondoomba' (QLD), 'Hong Gong/ Chief-Of-The Namidge T

An Aboriginal copper breast plate, inscribed 'Jack Kibbeen King of Wollongbar' of crescent-shape, engraved with an Aboriginal warrior and a kangaroo, mounted in a presentation frame, 16 cm wide), 6.5 wide, 34 x 33 cm, the frame. Note: Jack Kabbeen was a ch

An Aboriginal brass breast plate (King and Queen plate) (Queensland, 19th century) crescent shaped with holes at each end, inscribed 'Tom and Lilly King and Queen of Reedy Springs', applied verso is a label that reads in part, 'Tom and Lilly worked for the

An Aboriginal brass breast plate (King plate) (New South Wales, 19th century) crescent shaped with holes at either end to support a chain, beneath each hole respectively is a naive impression of an emu and a kangaroo and centred is the inscription 'Tommy L

An Aboriginal brass breast plate (King plate) (New South Wales, 19th century) crescent shaped with holes at either end to support a chain, off centre is the inscription 'Jackey Lewis. Chief of the Bathurft (sic) Tribe'. Height 13 cm. Width 14.5 cm

An Aboriginal brass breast plate (King plate) (New South Wales, 19th century) crescent shaped with holes at either end to support a chain, beneath each hole respectively is a naive impression of a kangaroo and an emu and centred is the inscription 'Wilson.

Burke and Wills King medal in the form of a brass breast plate, engraved 'Presented to by the Exploration Committee of Victoria for the Humanity Shown to the Explorers Bourke, Wills & King, 1861'

The Burke and Wills/King Medal in the form of a brass breast plate presented to members of the Yandruwandha People of Copper Creek, 1861 for Courage and Humanitarianism, the brass breast plate of crescent form, inscribed, 'Presented to (Blank) by the Explo

Aboriginal breast plate or gorget in brass inscription reads 'Jimmy/King of Wave Hill', crescent-shaped, flat in vertical plane, with a chain attached at each apex, 10 cm wide, 32.5 cm long. Wave Hill, one of a string of Northern Territory cattle stations

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