Antique Australian 18ct Yellow Gold Ring By STEVENSON Circa 1900
Hallmarked with early hallmarks seen on our early Australian jewellery, the ‘Crown’ and ‘Lion Passant’ usually identified with English jewellery, however our fine early jewellery firms in Australia used these also. Stamped clearly with the ‘STEVENSON’ name and 18c also.
Designed as a wide 18ct yellow gold band with segmented square sections each beautifully engraved with a floral pattern on a textured ground.
One panel would originally have left plain to allow the addition of ones initials, and this one still bears faint initials we believe to be ‘MBS’. Faint enough to be polished back and re-inscribed if desired.
Rich and lush in hue this buttery 18ct yellow gold ring is a little Australian piece of history, and a collectors dream.
HISTORY OF STEVENSON BROS 1878 - 1956
Born in Melbourne in 1855 Walter H. Stevenson serve his apprenticeship with Phillip Wing of Little Collins Street. Mr Wing was one of the earliest goldsmiths and working jewellery of Melbourne having set up in Royal Lane in 1859.
Having completed his apprenticeship and receiving his papers, Walter then served as a journeyman with P. Falk and Co. in their Adelaide factory.
In 1878 Walter and his brother William, a watchmaker, founder their own business in Gawler Place, then. Moving to 6 Rundle Street Adelaide in 1881.
Becoming one of the well known jewellery houses in Adelaide by the end of the 19th century, their considerable range of gold and silver jewellery they retailed was marked with their mark ‘STEVENSON’.
Continuing to trade in to the 1920’s at this time Walters son Malcolm had joined the family business.
They conditioned to trade in Rundle Street through the first half of the 20th century.
Credit: Australian Jewellers Gold & Silversmiths Makers & Marks - Cavill Cocks Grace.
‘Crown’ / Lion Passant / STEVENSON / 18c
N or 17.1mm diameter US 6 3/4
Resizing not advised due to pattern but would be possible to a degree
Very good to excellent antique condition. Pattern is very crisp and unabraded. Hallmarks inside very crisp indicating very little use. Gorgeous antique Australian ring.
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