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Antique Australian 9ct Rose Gold ‘Bamboo’ Bangle By - Willis And Sons Circa 1910

Sale price$2,450.00 AUD

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Highly sought after and for good reason these superb antique ‘bamboo’ bangles were all the rage over 100 years ago and are just as popular today as in times gone by!

This superb example is Australian and fully hallmarked for manufacture by well know early Australian jewellery firm - Willis and Sons - and stamped with their iconic ‘Unicorn’ trademark symbol.

Designed as a sectioned alternating plain and patterned Bamboo style bangle in 9ct rose gold, the patterned sections with a subtle yellow blooming which is simply fabulous!

Wear this stunning piece of Australian history on her own.. she needs no accompaniment! … or team her with you favourite antique curb-link or three!!


Originally established in Melbourne in 1858, the partnership between brothers Richard & Thomas Willis is remembered as one of Australia's most renowned jewellery partnerships that would span decades.

By 1868, R. & T. Willis were listed in the Melbourne directory as manufacturing jewellers as well as importers.  In London, they were also recorded as V.J Manufacturing jewellers, the partnership being dissolved in 1874. By 1875, the firm was T. Willis and Co., under the control of Thomas and V.J. Willis.

Willis and Co. continued to trade as wholesaler jewellers and importers of watches, clocks, silver and electroplates wares. Additionally, the firm was listed as gold and silversmiths.

T.Willis and Co. were members of the M.J.A of Victoria, and in the 1890s used their mark of the 'Unicorn' in conjunction with the guarantee stamp of the Association. The Unicorn was derived from the Willis family crest.

The twentieth century marks of Willis and Sons Pty Ltd have been in use from 1904. By then their standard marks were 'Unicorns' a numeral expressing the gold standard plus the capital 'W'. The 'Unicorn' was also used with the abbreviation 'STG.SIL' to mark silverware.

For some 50 years after the closure of their manufactory, the company continued to trade as wholesaler jewellers, manufacturers, agents and importers. Arguably, their mantle as leading jewellery manufacturers in Australia was taken over in the 1930s by G. & E. Rodd.

Credit: Australian Jewellers: Gold & Silversmiths Makers & Marks. Cavill, Cocks & Grace


Internal oval diameter - 6.2cm x 5.5
Internal circumference 18cm

23.5 Grams

Fully hallmarked for Willis and Sons
‘Unicorn’ - Willis and Sons trademark
‘9’ - For 9ct
‘W’ - For Willis after 1904
‘Wax Filled’ - Typical for the era

Very very good antique condition.  No splits or separation of seams.  One very small ‘defect’ which has been repaired/filled during her life, this is an old and excellent repair, hardly noticeable and does not detract from the fine condition and quality of this bangle.  Box clasp excellent and tight, original safety chain.  Wonderful piece of Australian history.

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