Gloriously wide at just shy of 1cm for its full circumference this wonderful antique cigar band by Willis and Sons is incredibly comfortable on the finger.
Crafted from 9ct rose gold which has that lovely antique rose gold hue, highly polished finish, this beauty veritably glows.
Hallmarked with Willis and Sons iconic trademark symbol of a ‘Unicorn’ 9 for 9ct and ‘W’ dating this one to after 1904.
Wide antique wedding bands are so very back in vogue, this could be the perfect sustainable choice for a ‘new/old’ wedding ring or just the perfect impressive wide cigar band for every day wear.
‘Unicorn’ / 9 / ‘W’ For Willis and Sons after 1904
R or 18.8mm diameter US 8 3/4
Very good to excellent antique condition. Hallmarks crisp and clear. No thinning. Minor surface marks to gold only insignificant. Gorgeous early piece of Australiana.
History of Willis and Sons
Brothers, Richard & Thomas Willis established their jewellery business in Melbourne in 1858 as importers and wholesalers, at the height of the gold rush in Australia, many family jewellery businesses took advantage of the new found wealth. By 1868, R. & T. Willis were listed in the Melbourne directory as manufacturing jewellers as well as importers.
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. Such listings of jewellery was made in their own workshops.
In 1904, Willis and Co. was incorporated as Willis and Sons Pty Ltd. and were to become the prime manufacturer of gold jewellery in Australia through the 1910s and 20s. By 1908, they had constructed new premises, manufacture and warehouse, at 350-356 Little Collins Street Melbourne.
The twentieth century marks of Willis and Sons Pty Ltd have been in use from 1904. By then their standard marks were a 'Unicorn'' a numeral expressing the gold standard plus the capital 'W'. The 'Unicorn' was also used with the abbreviation 'STG.SIL' to mark silverware.