Item #5000776 'The Kelly Gang': a matching pair of engraved bullocks' horns. NED KELLY.
'The Kelly Gang': a matching pair of engraved bullocks' horns.
'The Kelly Gang': a matching pair of engraved bullocks' horns.

'The Kelly Gang': a pair of engraved horns…
'The Kelly Gang': a matching pair of engraved bullocks' horns.

Australia: c. 1880.

Pair of horns, approx 800 mm height, mounted on metal stands with fittings, slate bases with inset marble panels, brass plaques.

Scrimshawed memorial to Ned and the Kelly Gang

A testamentary relic to the rich story of the Kelly gang: a striking ornamental pair of bullocks' horns. They are decorated in scrimshaw with depictions of Ned Kelly and various members of the Kelly gang, including Kate Kelly, and Ned's favourite mare 'Music', with other decorations, some floral. Both gangsters and lawmen are represented as the figures engraved on the horns include Sergeant Michael Kennedy, whom Kelly killed in the shootout at Stringybark Creek.

A testamentary relic to the rich story of the Kelly gang: a striking ornamental pair of bullocks' horns. They are decorated in scrimshaw with depictions of Ned Kelly and various members of the Kelly gang, including Kate Kelly, and Ned's favourite mare 'Music', with other decorations, some floral. Both gangsters and lawmen are represented as the figures engraved on the horns include Sergeant Michael Kennedy, whom Kelly killed in the shootout at Stringybark Creek.

The horns are mounted on display bases and have brass plaques inscribed "The Kelly Gang". A remarkable period piece, this memorial is redolent of a time when Kelly was as much a hero as a villain. Though no Robin Hood, his story chimed with the larrikin psyche, inviting comparison with the American Wild West and its appealing folklore.

Provenance: Christie's Melbourne, 26 March 2002, lot 165, "A Private Collection" [of Ned Kelly material]; private collection (Sydney).

Price (AUD): $12,500.00

US$8,304.99   Other currencies

Ref: #5000776