Rare Historic Antiques Hidden Found in Bunker

Historically significant antiques from Fairfield House, an Imposing early Victorian era mansion, originally built for the celebrated Blue Mountains explorer William Cox, have come to auction, and will go under the hammer over three auctions from Saturday 25th – Monday 27th February.

Hosting an international cricket match in 1882, Fairfield House has been the flagship historical property of Windsor (Sydney, NSW) for 189 years, and has borne witness to the innumerable events that have taken Sydney’s Northwest from a distant outpost to the exclusive cosmopolitan hub that it is today.

“This auction showcases some of the rarest historical antiques that have come to auction attracting a great deal of attention both from bidders and museums across Australia,” said Mr. Lee Hames, Chief Operations Officer for Lloyds Auctions.

All items in the auction are unreserved and include a hand-carved yellow jade sculpture, Alvis Saracen FV603 APC armoured vehicle, Napoleonic era brass field cannon, and many other artefacts.

The large hand-carved Chinese yellow jade sculpture stands 23cm tall and 14cm wide. It is Dated to Circa. Warring States Period (476BC – 221BC) To Han Dynasty (202BC – 9AD).

In Chinese Culture, yellow jade is known as the wisdom stone, and for its ability to attract good fortune.

Also, up for auction is a Japanese Samurai Katana Yasunobu Nagasa, owned by a Lieutenant Colonel in Japan (1972).

This Japanese Samurai was gifted by the prince of Japan, now the current emperor, Naruhito and was also gifted to the 1972 karate champion in honour of being the first European man to defeat the Japanese/Chinese in the martial art of karate.

Another stand out piece is white jade Qing Dynasty hand-carved dragon, expertly carved from a single pebble of semi-translucent white with purple hue jade, dated to 1636-1911, as well as a rare pair of Qing Dynasty natural Burmese red jade ‘Foo Dogs’ weighing approximately 37kg each.

“This is an auction not to be missed, we’re not sure we will see such historic items such as these come through auction again,” said Mr. Hames.

These rare and historic pieces of history will go under the hammer this Saturday, Sunday and Monday the 25th-27th February from 7:00pm.

You can view the entire auction catalogue here.

Matt Kalinski

Head Of Valuations

Qualifications & Affiliations

American Society of Appraisers Candidate Member

Certified Practicing Valuer AVAA


Matt has been in the valuations space for many years and has extensive experience in the space across an abundance of various industries. He now leads the valuations teams for Lloyds Auctions with a passion for encouraging his team to set and achieve high goals and produce great results for the company whilst growing the team’s skills starting with a great culture and team mindset.