ANTIQUE AUSTRALIAN LATE VICTORIAN PRINCE ALBERT FOB WITH WILLIS AND CO 1901 FEDERATION PENDANT
This wonderful piece of history remains in excellent condition. The Prince Albert Fob is complete with double dog clip and t-bar, with a Willis and Co pendant, fully hallmarked with Serial Number, Unicorn Maker’s Mark, 9ct, 1901. The Pendant features Australian Coat of Arms, with a Cross Shield in Enamel and 9ct Gold.
The Chain is beautifully hand crafted in solid 9ct Yellow Gold and features long intertwined bar links, with round plain and twisted gold link stations. Features gorgeous antique details to the links, and shows minimal signs of wear.
This piece is a delight to wear, just stunning on, you can mix and match with other Pendants, wear it plain, or as it comes, complete with Willis and Co Federation Pendant. A very substantial piece, weighing 33.8g.
Prince Albert Chain Length: 42cm
Metal: 9ct yellow Gold chain and Pendant
Pendant Hallmarks: Willis & Sons, Unicorn Makers Mark, 9ct, W
(Serial number: RD 263)
Weight: 33.8 grams
Condition: In excellent condition, with minimal signs of wear
A bit about:
Richard and Thomas Wills were importers and wholesalers in their jewellery business, established in Melbourne in 1858.
With the newly founded Commonwealth of Australia in 1901, their followed higher import custom duties on many items, including jewellery, in order to overcome these higher costs, Willis and Co turned to manufacturing their own Jewellery in their Melbourne premises. In 1908 they had constructed new premises, a manufactory and warehouse at 350-356 Little Collins St Melbourne.
In 1904 Willis & Co was incorporated as Willis & Sons and was to become the prime manufacturer of Gold jewellery in Australia through the 1910’s and 1920’s. A vast amount of jewellery was produced until the closure of their manufactory in 1931, in the midst of the Great Depression, when the company returned to importing.