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November 23, 2011 - Filed under: Antique Clocks,Antiques News — Richard

A section of brass, which was discovered on a cattle station in central Queensland, is to be auctioned at Bonhams on 13th December 2011. The piece of brass turned out to be a rare 14th century time piece, and will be sold in the fine clocks and instrument auction at Bonhams.

The owner, Christopher Becker who is an antiques dealer, discovered the piece when he was just seven years old. He and his brother were playing in a shed situated on the family farm, playing with toy cars. While searching for something to make a road, Becker came across a piece of old brass which his father decided was too good to be played with in the dirt. In the 1970s, the brass was displayed in the Queensland museum where it was recognised as an astrolabe which was used in the 14th century to tell the time by measuring altitude.

Becker eventually discovered that it is one of four quadrants and dates back to 1396. The others are dated 1398, 1399 and 1400. According to James Hendy, Bonhams Australia CEO, the time piece is rare and it’s unusual for it to be discovered in Australia. It has been estimated pre sale at between £150,000 and £200,000. It is believed that an ancestor of Becker transported the object from Northern England to Australia in the 1800s.

Northern England is home to a number of reputable antique dealers. If you are looking for antique clocks or furniture like antique dining chairs in Lancashire , antique dealers in Preston or surrounding areas will be able to help.

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