Quite a wonderful and early Australian 18ct yellow gold wedding band whose manufacture we believe dates to around the 1880’s.
Evidence of hand manufacture with we believe hand tooling marks to the inside of the shank, and hallmarks/stamps consisting of ‘18ct ‘a Crown’ 18’.
The typography of the 18ct stamps and the form and style of the crown can possibly be attributed to P. Falk and Co. - Melbourne and Adelaide (1851-1950+), or perhaps S.Schlank - Adelaide (1887-1969) who, amongst others, used the ‘Crown’ stamp as their hallmark.
The Manufacturing Jewellers’ Association of Victoria which was founded in 1889 adopted a set of three marks that are applied to gold jewellery by members of the Association. These marks were subsequently registered throughout the Commonwealth thereafter.
As this ring bears only the early ‘18ct, Crown 18’ stamp we therefore believe it was constructed prior to 1889.
Smooth, lush and slightly convex in shape this lovely antique piece of Australian history measures a nice 5.5mm wide and veritably melts on to the finger.
‘18ct / ‘a Crown’ / 18
Victorian 1837 - 1901
Q 1/2 or 18.5mm diameter US 8 1/2
Very very good antique condition. Stamps crisp and clear, original hand tooling evidence to inside of band, insignificant. Some superficial marks to gold, could be buffed out if desired.