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An Aboriginal brass breast…

Sale Title:The Sunday Art Sale
Auction House:Leonard Joel Pty. Ltd.
Auction Location:Melbourne
Date: 24/10/2010
Lot No.  ***
Description: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. King of Koorin Koorin and Cudgen' 12.2 (height) x 17.1 cm (width). William Cox was a British military officer who was commissioned a Lieutenant in the New South WalesCorps in 1797. Owing money to army agents he returned to England to face charges brought against him. He returned in 1810 and took government contracts to build infrastructure. This included gaols, schools and most memorable was in 1814 when commissioned to build a road through the blue Mountains with the aid of thirty convicts whose reward was their freedom. Cf. Edna Hickson, 'Cox, William (1764-1837)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Online edition. Australian National University, 2006.
Estimate: ***
Price: ***
Category: Tribal — Aboriginal - Artefacts
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