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trader A u s t r a l a s i a ’s l e a d i n g a n t i q u e s a n d c o l l e c t a b l e s m a g a z i n e DUNBAR RELICS Identifying tokens from one of the worst colonial disasters in Australia

FOLK ART Marvels of design created for a functional purpose are now highly collectable

STARS OF SILVERSMITHING Special feature on artists working with local materials to create distinctly Australian jewellery

TIPS FOR COLLECTORS ON HANDLING POTENTIAL HAZARDS Revealing the hidden risks


CONTENTS FEATURE ARTICLES 10

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Maritime themed collecting:

Meissen’s Johann Friedrich Böttger

SPECIAL FEATURE

Discovering the secret to making hard

Tips for collectors on handling

paste porcelain

potential hazards: continuing the

Paul Rosenberg

series by Dr Geoff Crawford

Dunbar souvenirs

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The significance

Decoding labels: from early children’s chemistry sets to

of Hanks and

medical collectables, old

Lloyd tokens

containers & substances

Peter Lane

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Hidden risks in old rings, fire

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extinguishers &

JFK memorabilia This president remains one of the

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FOCUS

most collectable

PROFILING AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS

figures in

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mineral specimens

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COLLECTING PROFILE A collector reveals how his

Stars of silversmithing: The Levinsons

collection of affordable

American

The WA gold rush attracted this English

matchboxes and matchbooks

political history

artisan family to settle in Australia

John Harrison

are also a window to history

Dorothy Erickson

Rob Ditessa

KNOWLEDGE BASE Secular arts during the Qing dynasty

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Imperial taste set the tone of

The unicorn: its meaning and origin

creative pursuits Melody Amsel-Arieli

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Federation jewellery Gold discoveries in NSW & Victoria led to local production of gold jewellery

Anne Schofield

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Following the trail of finely crafted furniture Roy Williams

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Kitty Armstrong: an Australian metalsmith & artist Until recently, a forgotten Western Australian

Dorothy Erickson

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Folk art: inspired creations Societies created from European transmigration into New Worlds gave rise to what is now known as peoples’ art

Conrad Blakeman

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JFK MEMORABILIA The assassination as well as the life of US President John F. Kennedy resulted in a wealth of collectables

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ntil 9/11 slapped the world in its collective face, the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas

on 22 November 1963, initiated more conspiracy theories than any other event in modern history. It seemed as if the majority of Americans, as well as many foreigners, could not accept the possibility that one person – Lee Harvey Oswald – had taken it entirely upon his own volition to murder the most powerful man in the western world, only to be killed by shady nightclub owner Jack Ruby in the basement of a Texas police station 24 hours later. Of course, all this happened at a (supposedly) more innocuous time, when random killings by lone gunmen were not such a common occurrence. Were it to occur in 2013, a lone shooter with a personal vendetta would be the first and most likely scenario that most people

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huge profits that were made encouraged efforts across the continent to discover the secret of making it. But it was not until the 18th century that the mystery was solved

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Meissen factory, a crisis emerged; their amazing new discovery, porcelain, was a very valuable product both in the

marketplace for luxuries, and as a prestigious gift to buy political influence for the patron, Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland. However, what were they to make?

Meissen porcelain factory On 15 January 1708, Johann Friedrich Böttger (1682-1719) fired the first successful samples of true white porcelain and the Dresden porcelain factory was established in 1709 and was then moved to Albrechtsburg in Meissen. The earliest pieces were simple: small tea bowls very similar to the highly desirable Chinese Left to right: Meissen figure of a Gypsy, c. 1715-20 Meissen dwarf figure of an American Indian, c. 1725 Meissen commedia dell’arte figure, c. 1720

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