Charming and early Australian Brooch/Pendant by Duggin Shappere and Co. 1896-1932.
Crafted from 9ct rose gold and modelled as an always popular crescent Moon.
Set with a double row of natural half seed Pearls, all original with no replacements, this versatile piece has its original brooch fitting and C clasp to the verso but also a link has been conveniently added enabling this one to also be worn as a pendant.
Popular through the ages these early and beautifully crafted pieces by our best antique jewellery firms are a lovely addition to any serious collectors jewellery wardrobe.
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.
Natural half seed Pearl
‘Anchor’ symbol for Duggin, Shappere and Co.
‘Wheatsheaf’ M.J.A guarantee mark for 9ct gold
Very very good antique condition. All Pearls are original with no re-gluing. Pin and C clasp are original. No repairs. Lovely piece of Australian history.
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