19thC Goldmine excavations in New Zealand unearth Victorian era treasures Pottery & Porcelain evaluations on fragments found in a 19hC New Zealand Goldmine using www.Marks4Antiques.com reveals clues on colonial Victorian everyday life
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The oldest dated item near the Pumphouse comprises all the pieces of an earthenware plate dating between 1846 – 1854, when the Staffordshire pottery
of P. Holdcroft closed. All the pieces of a Grindley Globe Pottery plate with a Waihi Hotel monogram on it, plus many other fragments, were also
located. Of particular note were pieces of porcelain crockery dating to about 1912, with a view looking east of Waihi’s main street, made by the
Victoria Pottery, Austria (Schmidt & Co). Fortunately all the pieces of one side plate were recovered and several other items have been partially
reconstructed. The Set appears to have comprised cups & saucers and side plates.
Although the majority of the ceramics are earthenware, some fine porcelain china has also been recovered including Royal Doulton vases. Most of the
china collection is dominated by British and other European manufacturers; yet, several fine makers from Japan/Nippon were also identified, as well as
items from China and elsewhere in Asia. The majority of pieces for which a period attribution was possible, date ca 1890s – 1930s, though a good number
of pre 1890 pieces have also been recovered.
The vast array of material recovered over the past 10 months from Martha Hill is currently in the final stages of analysis. This will allow some
insights into domestic and mining matters from early last century.
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