Crafted by one of our esteemed early Australian jewellers Duggin, Shappere and Co. around the turn of the last century circa 1900.
Modelled as a double sided locket in 15ct gold, ornately engraved with what we believe to be the state floral emblems for Victoria (Duggin, Shappere and Co. were based in Victoria) and New South Wales. The Pink or Common Heath for Victoria and the Waratah for NSW.
Releasing from our personal collection this piece originally came to us as a locket suspended from a bar brooch (see photos).
We chose to have our jeweller remove the bar brooch and add a larger oval bale allowing this one to be worn as a locket.
The original bar has been retained and will be included with purchase.
One internal rim is missing and the original clear panes also however two later plastic ovals have been inserted and are quite suitable.
Large at 3.5cm (4.5cm with bale) x 2.8cm, **bloomed to give an even higher yellow gold appearance this locket is stunning, bright and a testament to the superb craftsmanship of our early Australian jewellers.
3.5cm x 2.8cm (4.5cm with bale)
Hallmarks are stamped to original bar brooch included in purchase
‘Anchor’ for Duggin, Shappere and Co.
15 for 15ct gold
‘Hanging fleece’ for the Manufacturing Jewellers Association guarantee mark for 15ct gold
Very good antique condition. Blooming is lovely and bright. One internal rim is missing and two replacements clear plastic oval panes have been added. Bar shows very shallow dings noting for accuracy. Locket opens and closes securely. New oval bale tests as 14ct. Gorgeous early Australian locket.
History of Blooming
Blooming, a popular finishing technique for karat gold jewellery from 1870 to 1890, was first documented in 1853. The means for creating a bloom finish involved dipping a gold item into a boiling mixture of hydrochloric acid (muriatic acid), saltpeter (potassium nitrate), salt and water. This process burned off any alloys on the surface resulting in an alloy-free, thin layer of soft, pure gold on the item.
History of Duggin, Shappere and Co.
Duggin, Shappere and Co. established their business in Howey Place, off Little Collins Street in Melbourne in 1896. It was one of the major jewellery manufacturers operating in Australian in the first quarter of the 20th century. Producing an extensive range of gold jewellery for the increasing demand from the ever growing Australian population. Their use of seed pearls is well known in their original designs of both pendants and brooches.
Their trademark hallmark featuring an ‘Anchor’ was used in conjunction with the guarantee marks of the Manufacturing Jewellers’ Association of Victoria, seen here on this remarkable original design.
Moving premises several times the settled into their final premises at 343 Little Collins Street where they continued until 1932.