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Miner's crossed pick and shovel brooch incorporating a large nugget

1999.0012.0001

Miner's crossed pick and shovel brooch incorporating a large nugget

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Description

?This digger brooch is typical of those brooches commissioned by diggers and produced by jewellers on the Western Australian goldfields during the 1890s. The nugget, and smaller gold specks mounted on the shovel blade and pick tip, were likely to have been found by the gold digger who commissioned the brooch.?

Physical description

A gold brooch in the form of a crossed pick and shovel with a large nugget mounted at their intersection. Small nuggets are mounted on the shovel blade, and another one on the point of the pick. The larger nugget is fouled with gold rope, which also winds around the tool handles. There is a brooch pin on the back of the brooch, and a fine retention chain is attached to the tip of the shovel blade.

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