Antique 1879 Sydney Exposition Heinrich Fiehn Ocarina made in Vienna, Austria. An ocarina is an ancient flute-like instrument typified by an oval shaped enclosed space with four to twelve finger holes and a mouth tube projecting out from the body. It can be made of many materials, including ceramic, wood, glass, and metal.
This Fiehn Ocarina measures 6.5" in length and features eight (8) holes on one side, three (3) on the opposite side, and one hole in the mouth tube. It is made of clay and is painted black. One gilded mark reads "H Fiehn ~ Vienna ~ Made In Austria" and the other gilded mark is the 1879 Sydney Exhibition seal, where this Fiehn Ocarina was offered for sale at the International Exhibition in Sydney, Australia in1879.
The handle is marked with an impressed "C15 5-1/2". This Ocarina is in very fine condition with no cracks or chips, but does have light surface scratches and one deep scratch to the body. There is moderate paint wear as would be expected but otherwise this piece displays very well and would make a fine addition to any collection.
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Items that are in brand new condition, with no indication of wear or use, sometimes with original packaging.
NEAR MINT CONDITION
Items that have evidence of light handling, but no nicks, dents, or chips.
EXTREMELY FINE CONDITION
Items that display a small amount of wear to finish or base, but retain most of original condition. Evidence of handling and minor scratches, but retains its full color, luster, and clarity. No nicks, dents, or chips, unless otherwise noted.
VERY FINE CONDITION
Item displays moderate wear with some newness. May have some scratches and evidence of handling, with bright colors and luster. Some soiling or stains, but no dents, chips, or repairs unless otherwise noted.
Item displays quite a bit of use, may have minor flaws, scratches, dents, or blemishes. Minor repairs possible, with slight loss of detail.
VERY GOOD CONDITION
Item may display evidence of chips, tears, soiling and fading. May not be in working order.
Items in this grade are very old, sometimes dirty and worn, and exhibit scratches and blemishes. Sometimes incomplete or missing pieces, may not be in working order.