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Ring - Miner's Memento, Ballarat, Brass, post 1851 Object Reg. No: ST 036068

Brass ring with design of miner's tools. Believed to have been made for sale to miners in the 1850's as a memento and souvenir of their 'Goldfield Days'. Possibly cast in Birmingham, England. Stamped "BALLARRAT".
Brass ring with central shield design featuring two miners' picks placed across a vertically positioned shovel. The ring flares at its centre where the shield is located and the surface around the shield is roughly textured. The thinner back section of the band is smooth and bears a stamped inscription on the inside.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr James Searle, 1929
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1.5 cm (Length), 2.5 cm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: economic geology, gold mining, jewellery, personal effects
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Secondary Classification: Jewellery
Tertiary Classification: rings
Inscriptions: Stamped on inside of ring band; 'BALLARRAT'.
Date Manufactured: Birmingham, England, Great Britain, 1850s
Place & Date Inscribed: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, Post 1851


Adam Posted on 07 May 2013 12:05 PM
I found one of these rings a while ago, what is the best thing for me to do with it?
Heidi Posted on 13 Oct 2014 9:15 AM
i have one very similar, although mine is stamped Bendigo. I found this while walking the dog nearly 20 years ago under the west gate bridge Melbourne. I was thinking it may have been from when it collapsed in 1971, where we lost so many men.
I'm have been at a loss to find anything more about this brass ring.

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