[?}...unk in the office of father in law who passed away in 2004:
Also he always said " Don't think something is hundreds of years old when it came outa the bush. Them damn bugs eat everything ...in ten years some old wooden statue can look as old as ya mother in law...trust me son if it survives outside in the bush for 30 years..you'll be lucky!"
So being no expert I guess anything thats good condition was either brought out not long after it was made( say 10 years?) and anything that looks like it's 100 or 200 years old remained longer in the bush??
Which means provenance and photo records of the item in the location with date would probably be the only true proof of age and history...at a guess...no?
Speculation and guesswork/expertise in seeing so many items/ will make up the rest of the comments ...
It's great to see such enthusiastic comments from everyone in these posts...amusing sometimes when peoples opinions are different but no the less ..fun to read. keep it up everyone...