Under the New Zealand Protected Objects Act 1975, administered by the New Zealand Ministry for Culture & Heritage, the sale, trade, export and ownership of some Maori artefact are regulated Objects over 50 years old that also have Maori cultural significance must be inspected by Ministry for Culture & Heritage, and if significant the object will be allocated a "Y" number, a unique identification number. Artefacts that have a Y number can only be purchased by those that are registered collectors with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. These collectors have a ‘registered number’. Y numbered artefacts cannot leave the country without written permission from the Ministry for Culture & Heritage. Those who are not registered collectors, and usually reside in New Zealand, can apply to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage to become one. There are no restrictions on the purchase of Maori items that have no Y number or Pacific Island or other artefacts from around the world. As this site is a price guide, and does not offer items for sale, the Y numbers applicable to any items on this site are not displayed..
A fine carved wooden Maori pipe, by Tom Heberley for Cristeson Goldsmiths. Finely carved pipe depicting a human head with full moko smoking a pipe. Paua shell inlaid eyes. 18ct. gold hallmarked band. Length 15 cm
Carved pipe finely carved tobacco pipe. Extremely fine spiral h'h' and dog-tooth work throughout the entire bowl and neck. Single tiki face to front with tongue extended. The letters 'Wn' framed in a shield carved to back of bowl. Length 16 cm. Width 4 cm
A rare and beautiful 18th century Maori carved pipe with 18ct. gold trim two 18ct. gold bands around base of pipe and base of mouthpiece. Stamped Christeson, who was a Wellington tobacconist. Stamped G.P. (perhaps George Pretkethly, NZ jeweller and goldsmi
Maori tobacco pipe carved tattooed faces with tiny paua shell eyes, the two gold bands are marked 9ct gold hallmarked G.P. (May be George Pretkethly - NZ Jeweller and Goldsmith). Also marked Christeson, who was a Wellington tobacconist, the carver is proba
Rare and beautiful Maori wood and 9ct gold cigar Pipe carved tattooed faces with tiny paua shell eyes, the two gold bands marked 9ct gold hallmarked G.P. (may be George Pretkethly - New Zealand Jeweller and Goldsmith). Also marked Christeson, who was a Wel
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