Finds #2 – Diana Waltzing Matilda Jug (UPDATE)

Just a quick update to to my May 1st 2011 post Finds #2 – Diana Waltzing Matilda Jug where I asked if anyone had a spare musical mechanism from a busted jug to replace the one mine was missing.

Well you wouldn’t believe it but I went to a local auction and what did I see but a box lot containing a badly broken Waltzing Matilda jug with it’s mechanism still in place. The replacement is not perfect but it works. The original plywood backing board has suffered an attack by some wood worm but it’s still holding together just nicely.

Not only did I get the mechanism for a price I was more than happy to pay but also thrown in with the lot were 2 Marutomo ware Don Bradman mugs one in perfect condition and another one in a broken but repairable state.

See! All good things come to those who wait.

On that subject I’ve been waiting a long time for a piece of Maude Poynter to turn up. Just sayin…….


Original Diana Musical Movement

Original Diana Musical Movement

Posted: April 24th, 2014
at 5:15pm by Tim

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Categories: Australian Pottery,Finds

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  1. I recently came across your earlier piece on the Waltzing Matilda jug and remembered a story told to me at an antiques fair many years ago. A lady told me that in the early 1950’s in Sydney, her mother-in-law painted these jugs at home as a way of earning some extra money. The unpainted jugs were delivered on Monday and the painted ones taken away. I don’t know how long this went on for.

    Don Patterson

    7 Jul 14 at 9:38 pm



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