[China, circa 1850]. Manuscript calligraphy in Chinese characters in black and red ink on silk, 420 x 370mm (irregular); arranged in vertical columns, surrounded by a narrow border; a well preserved example, with minor restoration in places. The so-called “cheat’s handkerchief” was used as an aid by students undertaking civil service examinations under the keju …
Painted mother of pearl shell depicting a view of Shamian Island, Canton, showing the trading factories on the Pearl River prior to destruction by fire in 1856
[Canton : s.n., c.1850]. Pigments on nacre, 170 x 180 mm (irregular); scattered loss of pigment, but essentially a well preserved example; accompanied by a carved rosewood base. This finely detailed original work, made for the Chinese export market by a Cantonese artisan, is of significant historical interest as it depicts, at upper left, a section of …
RYMER & SON
[TEXTILE]. The reign of George III. From his accession to the throne Octr. 25th 1760 to the present period.
London : Engraved by Rymer & Son. No. 53. Great Windmill Street, Haymarkek [sic], & 3, Ossulstone Street, Sommers Town, London, circa 1812-13. Engraving on silk, 845 x 880 mm, old creases, a fine example without fading or staining. A scarce Regency era printed ephemeron of the life and times of George III from his …
KLINGER, J. G. (firm)
Published by J. G. Klinger in Nuremberg. Constructed, delineated and etched by J. A. Buhler. Nuremberg : J[ohann]. G[eorg]. Klinger, [between 1841 – 1852]. Wooden and plaster globe (6 inches in diameter), covered with 12 glazed and hand-coloured gores, fitted and spinning with metal polar axis in a circular card box, the lid provided in …
A late Victorian metamorphic chair circa 1880, which converts to a set of library steps. Measures 880 mm tall and 360 mm wide when opened. With early or original carpet tread and metal catch.
[s.l. : s.n., circa 1880]. Glass microscope slide, 77 x 27 mm, maker’s small paper label with manuscript ‘Hairs of Australian Oppossum (sic)’; in fine condition.
Fiji before Civilization … Dawn of Civilization … Advance of Civilization … Glorious Result of Civilization
[Crystal Palace, London : Machinery Department, c.1879]. Cotton handkerchief, 570 x 580 mm, lithograph printed in brown and red; old fold lines and some insignificant toning and spotting; a very well preserved example. These satirical cotton handkerchiefs lampooning the effects of the introduction of Western civilisation into a “primitive” society in the South Seas were printed in colour in the machinery …
GEORGE PHILLIP & SON
London : George Philip & Son Ltd., circa 1905. Original card tube with printed paper label containing a cloth globe, stitched over a collapsible metal umbrella frame, with eight colour litho printed gores (a few splits and stains). When opened the globe is: 15.3 inches (39cm) in diameter, the length of the tube is 72 …
WEST, Fitzmaurice (maker); [ERNST AUGUST, Crown Prince of Hanover, 3rd Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale, 1845-1923]
[London : Fitzmaurice West, circa 1845]. Portable writing case, 380 x 250 x 155 mm, in black morocco; hinged lid with collapsible gilt bronze carry handle; blind tooled decoration in the form of fleurs-de-lis and gilt stamped monogram with the German Gothic initial E surmounted by a royal coronet; front side with working Bramah lock, the …
London : Thomas Hall, 1795. Æ halfpenny, diameter 30 mm, weight 12 grams. Obverse: Three quadrupeds. THE KANGUROO . THE ARMADILLO . THE RHINOCEROS. Reverse: T. HALL CITY ROAD NEAR FINSBURY SQUARE LONDON 1795 / THE FIRST ARTIST IN EUROPE FOR PRESERVING BIRDS BEASTS &c. Dark brown patina with reddish highlights and excellent detail; a …
PIDCOCK'S GRAND MENAGERIE.
Æ halfpenny, diameter 29 mm, weight 11 grams. Obverse: a kangaroo left, facing back, a joey in pouch, THIS KANGAROO'S BIRTH. SEP. 10. 1800. Reverse: a lion standing right, facing back, with dog on back, LION AND DOG 1801; plain edge. An extremely fine, near mint example with lustrous brown patina. The Grand Menagerie of …
THE EASTERN TELEGRAPH COMPANY, LIMITED
London : The Eastern Telegraph Company, Limited ; The Eastern Extension Telegraph Company, Limited, [c. 1895]. Varnished wood, 335 x 35 mm, maps printed on both sides, with calendar in gold on black on both sides of the finial; maps show telegraph lines, including those to Australia and New Zealand; in very good condition. 'This …
JOHN KNIGHT & CO.
[English, between 1860 and 1870]. Box made of thick card, 40 x 28 x 13 mm, the lid with printed paper label John Knight & Co. Watchmakers & Jewellers, 47 Boar Lane, Leeds; the original loose piece of cotton wool lining is still contained within; the label has a tiny section of loss at the right …
Photographic glass magic lantern slide with hand colouring, 82 x 82 mm, small paper label with typed sequence number at one corner; in fine condition.
Five photographic glass magic lantern slides, each 82 x 82 mm, each with original label with typed caption and sequence number, one with modern reinforcing tape around the edges, otherwise all are in fine condition. The captions read: 95. Southern Cross Mine; 96. Coolgardie; 97. Desert coaching; 99. Great Boulder Mine; 100. Londonderry Mine.
[s.l. : s.n., 1902]. Commemorative handkerchief for the coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, 320 x 320 mm, white cotton with chromolithographic design featuring portraits of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, flanked by the letters ER, with outline maps of Canada, India, South Africa and Australia at each corner; original folds, a …
[s.l. : s.n., 1935]. Commemorative handkerchief for King George V's Silver Jubilee, 280 x 280 mm, white cotton with lithographic design featuring portraits of George V and Queen Mary, with the flags of Canada, India, South Africa and Australia at each corner; original folds, a couple of tiny toning spots near the left edge, otherwise …
[DUCHAMP, Marcel; MAN RAY]
Catalogue réalisé à l'occasion de l'exposition “Marcel Duchamp – Man Ray – New York / Pais – 1917 – 1937” – 50 photographies – Galerie Alain Paviot – Paris / Galerie Rudolf Kicken – Köln. Paris & Cologne : Galerie Alain Paviot and Galerie Rudolf Kicken, 1992. Tin can (unopened, small dent to lower rim) …
THE BRAZILIAN SUBMARINE TELEGRAPH COMPANY, LIMITED
London : The Eastern Telegraph Company, Limited (for one of its branches, The Brazilian Submarine Telegraph Company Limited), . Varnished wood, 335 x 35 mm, Trans-Atlantic map printed on one side, the reverse with advertisement for the Brazilian Submarine Telegraph Company (Messages should be ordered via “Eastern”), with calendar for 1893 in gold on black …
THE EASTERN TELEGRAPH COMPANY, LIMITED
London : The Eastern Telegraph Company, Limited ; The Eastern Extension Telegraph Company, Limited, . Varnished wood, 335 x 35 mm, maps printed on both sides, with calendar for 1899 in gold on black on both sides of the finial; maps show telegraph lines, including those to Australia and New Zealand; a few nicks to …
Anon. [KING, John 1841-1872]
[Melbourne?] : maker unknown, [circa 1900]. Glass magic lantern slide, 80 x 80 mm, with a reproduction of a lithograph by an unkown arist, probably created around 1870, and possibly after a photographic image. The clear cover glass has separated from the main sheet, due to extensive loss of the black paper border; the slide …
[THOMAS ADAMS HILL, photographer]; [EDWARD GILKS, lithographer]
[Melbourne?] : maker unknown, [circa 1900]. Glass magic lantern slide, 80 x 80 mm, with a reproduction of a lithograph by Edward Gilks originally published in December 1861, after an ambrotype photograph taken by Thomas Adams Hill in mid 1860. The glass slide is in very good condition; loss to sections of the black paper …
The moulded cornice above a glazed pair of panel doors (glass replaced to one window) enclosing four adjustable shelves, above a secretaire drawer housing gilt-tooled leather writing desk, six mahogany drawers and three pigeon holes, above two panel doors enclosing a shelf and two deep lockable drawers with brass handles, each section flanked by carved …
1st-4th century C.E. Ex Drs John and Kay Lindsay Collection. Length 136 mm. The Romans used styli of this type to write on wax-covered wooden tablets (cerae). The pointed end was used for scratching the letters into the wax, the flat end for erasing or smoothing over the surface. The wax surface could be heated …