Australian Convict Brick
Lot 2034¤
Australian Convict-made Brick
Sold for US$ 562 inc. premium
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Australian Convict-made Brick
Circa 1830
Horsley Park, Fairfield, New South Wales, Australia

From a country estate near Sydney much of which is now in ruin, this is a terra cotta brick with some evidence of sand and shell, stuccoed on one side, with a heart-shaped indentation to the other side. The convicts frequently put symbols on bricks such as a heart, a diamond, spade or club to marke their bricks. The brick makers were transported convicts who were assigned to the private owner of Horsley, Major George Weston. The convict gang used in 1831 at Horsley Park, were one of the last consigned to private developers prior to the cessation of convict servitude. Later, the hand molding of bricks was replaced with brick making machines. Measures 9 x 4½ x 2½in
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