Antique Australian 9ct Rose Gold ‘Bee’ Crescent Arrow Brooch Circa 1900
Wonderful and early piece by one of our finest early Australian jewellery firms Aronson and Co.
History of Aronson & Co
David Rosenthal, taking advantage of the opportunities that were to flow from the gold discoveries in Victoria in 1851, had built up a considerable wholesale jewellery and importing business in Melbourne during the 1860’s and 1870’s.
In 1874 David Rosenthal’s business became ‘David Rosenthal and Co., of 15 Collins Street West.
The ‘and Co.’ was Saul Philip Aronson who was listed as a partner in 1876.
In 1878 George Alfred Aronson joined the partnership. The firm became Rosenthal, Aronson and Co.
From 1889 to 1892 they were listed at 362 little Collins Street. In 1893 they moved to 275-281 Lonsdale street Melbourne . Along with their Australian departments they also had offices in London. By 1898 they were also trading at 97 Queen store Brisbane.
In 1900 the various partner-ships arrangement involving the four brothers were dissolved. by 1902 the Australian operations were incorporated as Aronson and Co. Pty Ltd at 297-299 Little Collins street Melbourne. The newly formed company advertised as manufacturing jeweller and importers. The established wholesaling operation in Sydney and Brisbane were continued, and a brach was opened in Adelaide in 1912.
The Aronsons closed their manufactory in the midst of the Great Depression in 1930.
Norman Aronson had retired in 1927 having spend 53 years in the trade. Aronson and Co. continued to operate as wholesalers and importers in Sydney anti 1947.
(Credit Australian Jewellery Gold & Silversmiths Makers & Marks by Cavill Cocks & Grace).
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