Cordys

Maori and Pacific artefacts are especially in demand. Cordy’s team of in-house experts can assist you in maximising the best results for rare and special pieces as well as complete collections. We have a combined expertise of over 70 years handling many of the best collections and single pieces ever to come to the market. Additionally, New Zealand historical items such as ephemera and photography are keenly sought after. New Zealand’s relatively short history sees pieces which relate to our growing nation being sought by institutions and private collectors who form our client base.


B02-0158

An important and unique memento and collection of archival material associated with Sir Edmund Hillary
Mt. Everest and Antarctica. A stone collected by Hillary on the first ascent of the summit of Mt. Everest May 29th, 1953, mounted in a Nepalese brooch/pendant. The 'Hillary Stone' to the centre of a cross framed by an open circular mount set with small turquoise and coral cabochons. With a 2003 signed and witnessed letter of authentication and provenance - this stone was gifted by Sir Ed to his brother Rex and thence by descent to Rex's son John, our vendor. Also accompanying this lot: Eight manuscript and typescript letters to Rex and Jenny Hillary 14 March, 8 April, 20 May and 11 July 1953; 10 May and 2 July 1954; to Mary Davis 30 June 1953; to John Hillary 3 October 1957. Telegram to Rex Hillary 5 Feb 1957; Postal Souvenir Cover T.A.E. Scott Base to Suzanne Hillary 11 Jan 1957; formal printed appreciation card Hillary’s parents to Jim & Mary Davis 5 Jun 1953; six Hillary family postcards; signed and inscribed 1st edition copy (1961) of 'No Latitude For Error'. Notably the 20th May 1953 (days before the first ever ascent) air letter from Camp IV Advanced Base on Everest details weather delays to ascent route establishment, concern regarding oxygen equipment viability, expression of wishes should he die and admiration of his fellow climbers. See also https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12202329 And:https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/letters-written-sir-edmund-hillary-days-before-ascending-mt-everest-go-auction-block?variant=tb_v_1

Realised: $62,000

A7-0183

An uncommon pre-European Maori carved inunga pounamu hei tiki
good proportions and traditional form, chin to the left, hands to thighs, three tapered hourglass drilled and concealed suspension holes to the back top of head, one broken through, natural dark lineal inclusions to the striking pale green tone of this inunga pounamu. Length 91, width 51. Note: the inunga variety of pounamu takes its name from the N.Z. native inunga - freshwater fish. Registered Y20386. Provenance: The Flower Family Collection.

Realised: $24,000

A11-0136

An impressive Anton Seuffert desktop writing compendium of New Zealand native timbers
including totara, rewa rewa, rimu and puriri, two folding doors open to receptacles for paper, envelopes, etc, with a section to the back that pulls up to reveal year, month and day calendars. Each door has a panel inlaid with a variegated cube pattern and the sides and drawer front are inlaid in a basket weave pattern, with the back of one piece of burr totora. Original Seuffert paper label inside and a silver presentation plaque to the front 'To the Venerable John Frederic Lloyd, Archdeacon of Waitemata. A token of love and esteem, from the clergy of the Archdeaconry, on his leaving New Zealand, 7 Feb. 1870.' Note: Of all the furniture and decorative inlaid items Anton and William Seuffert are known to have produced, this is possibly the only desktop compendium thought to exist. W.440 x D.320 x H.430mm.

Realised: $23,000

A7-0182

A large and impressive pre-European Maori carved pounamu hei tiki
traditional mildly tapered form with chin to left shoulder, hands to thighs and single notch and tapered hourglass drilled and concealed suspension hole to top of head, good dark tone with semi-translucence. Note: the quality of carving, dark tone and size of this hei tiki make it one of the best to have been on the market in many decades. Length 135, width 75. Registered Y20382. Provenance: The Flower Family Collection.

Realised: $18,500

A7-0185

A pre-European Maori carved pounamu hei tiki
with head turned to the right shoulder, hands clasped to thighs and with single tapered hourglass drilled suspension hole, the original being through the top of the head having broken through and then modified through the top of the eye ring, variable mid-green tone with translucent and orange/tan highlights. Height 108, width 61. Registered Y20383. Provenance: The Flower Family Collection.

Realised: $13,000

A7-0184

A good pre-European Maori carved pounamu hei tiki
of good deep profile, traditional slightly tapered form, dark green tone. Note: the depth and elegant soft carved features of this hei tiki make it an outstanding example. Length 108, width 48, depth 21. Registered Y20384. Provenance: The Flower Family Collection.

Realised: $9,500

A7-0180

A pre-European Maori pounamu hei tiki
traditional tapered form, head to left shoulder, hands to thighs, three early suspension holes all broken through, good mid-green tone. Length 77, width 53. Registered Y20387. Provenance: The Flower Family Collection.

Realised: $9,000

A7-0186

A pre-European Maori carved pounamu hei tiki
of good proportions with traditional features of head turned to left shoulder and hands clasped to thighs, single tapered hourglass drilled suspension hole, medium to dark green tone with semi-translucent pale inclusions. Length 99, width 51. Registered Y20385. Provenance: The Flower Family Collection.

Realised: $8,250

A4-0307

Medal group and badges awarded to Sir William Calder Mackay (1897-1990)
: OBE (Civ) [with case], Military Cross [Lt. Wm. C. Mackay] (for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations on 4th November 1918, north of Le Quesnoy), War and Victory medals [32527 Lieut W.D Mackay NZEF]; Knight Bachelor breast badge [with case] and neck badge [hallmarked 1967]; Boy Scout commissioner's hat plume and Medal of Merit [W.Calder Mackay 1959]; Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary) medallion [with case]. See additional images and copy of obituary.

Realised: $7,500

Z13-0274

Historical items belonging to Captain Ernest E.M. Joyce
together with an autograph album containing Shackleton's and other signatures from the 1907-09 British Antarctic Expedition. Includes 1. A silver cigarette case presentation engraved 'Presented to Capt. Mills Joyce By The Executive of the G.W.V.A of Newfoundland in Appreciation of Services on behalf of The Relief Fund. August 1926". 2. A 9ct gold fob engraved 'E.E.Joyce 17-5-13', from 'United Commercial Travellers Assn. of Australasia'. 3. A Curlett family member autograph album containing eight signatures of members of the 1907-09 British Antarctic Expedition (Nimrod Expedition) including Ernest Joyce, Ernest Shackleton, George Marston, Ray Priestley, John Davis, Frank Wild, Alistair Forbes Mackay and Jameson Boyd Adams, on the opposing page is a poem written in ink by Ernest Shackleton entitles 'Erebus', 'Keeper of the Southern Gapway, rugged and grime & grand, warden of these...' initialled E.H.S. Note: Erebus was first climbed on Shackleton's 1907-09 expedition, two of those who reached the summit signatures on opposing page. 4. A photo archive including; A vintage silver gelatine photo of Joyce with named dogs, two photo postcards of sled dogs inscribed verso '... from Aunt Bee Mills Joyce', five reprint photos of 'Miss B Curlett, lady and dog' and accompanying letter noting an article stating Joyce 'gave it (the dog) to Beatrice in Christchurch shortly after the Expedition thus 'cementing their Romance'. 5. A signed 1st ed. copy of the book 'The South Polar Trail' by Ernest Joyce 1929 inscribed ' My Dear Nephew John from Uncle Joycey...1929'. 6. Other articles, books, newspaper cuttings and correspondence. Provenance: By descent through the Curlett family, Miss B. Curlett married Joyce in 1917.

Realised: $6,750