It doesn't get more Australian than this! A wonderful piece of Australian history is this 9ct gold 'map of Australia' pendant, dating to the early Edwardian era, c1901! Patriotic jewellery was made to commemorate the Federation of Australia (also known as the Commonwealth of Australia) that was formed on 1st January 1901. Many stick pins, brooches and pendants were made to commemorate this special event.
The pendant features a 'map of Australia' detailed with a hand engraving of 'Australia', lines denoting state borders, and includes stars and rivers. There is something else which I might add (if you haven't already observed?) there is no border between the states of South Australia and Northern Territory, as well Victoria and New South Wales. This is because NT was once part of SA up until 1911, and VIC was once part of NSW! Also it appears the island state of Tasmania has been forgotten about (once again!). A plain circle rim borders the map of Australia, and a small ring and sturdy 9ct gold jump ring is placed at the top. Stamps are partially seen along the border edge, a 'swan' motif and 'CT' - likely once '9CT' and time worn over the years. The piece has been tested to 9ct gold.
The pendant comes with the 17.5" length gold vermeil necklace pictured, or you may like to add the piece as a charm on your bracelet!
A charming piece of Australian history, perhaps to add to a collection or as a gift to the avid Australia lover!