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  • Title
    David Prince of Alamongarindi [Brass breastplate]
  • Call number
    SAFE/R 251c
  • Level of description
  • Date

    Between 1816 & 1930
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    Objects - 1 crescent-shaped brass breastplate, engraved, with hole at each apex - 12.5 x 15.5 cm. - Engraved at left apex with the figure of an aboriginal man with spear in spear thrower raised in his right hand, and a tree branch before him in his left. This figure is depicted wearing a breastplate and knee breeches. The spear points in the direction of a kangaroo engraved on the right apex, which stands with head turned back toward the hunter. Grass is represented by short engraved lines at the base of both figures. The inscription is surrounded and divided by flourishes. An open eye surrounded by radiating lines appears in the centre of the inscription. To left and right of the inscription is a star represented by radiating lines arranged in eight points. A brass chain of 126 links, approx. 52 cm. long is attached by wire twisted through the hole at each apex. The chain is joined at the 57th link by a twist of wire.
  • Access Conditions

    Access to this pictures collection via appointment only. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright:
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Titled from inscription
    Undated, however breastplates were conferred from 1816 until as late as 1930
    ""The breastplate was presented to the Library by Mrs Young who had acquired a house and contents belonging to a Miss Bessie Boydell, a descendent [sic] of Bishop Broughton"" -- Poignant regalia: 19th century aboriginal breastplates & images
    Digital order no:a928653
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    ""David Prince / of / Alamongarindi."" -- engraved on front
    ""Presented by Mrs E. Young, Oct. 1962"" -- inscribed on label affixed to reverse
  • Subject
  • Topic
  • Exhibited in

    Poignant Regalia: 19th century aboriginal breastplates & images - Hyde Park Barracks Museum (26 May - 4 July, 1993)
    Possessed : an exhibition of treasures - State Library of New South Wales (March 1997 - June 1997)
    Nelson Meers Foundation Heritage Collection - April 2008-March 2009
    Macquarie the Governor, 1810 to 1821 - Macquarie Bank (May 2012 - May 2013)

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