Antique Victorian Australian 15ct Yellow Gold Seed Pearl Starburst Brooch/Pendant By Duggin And Shappere Circa 1890

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Modelled in lush rich 15ct yellow gold and studded with creamy white natural seed half pearls (photography is picking up hints of colour) this large Victorian combination brooch/pendant is in lovely condition.

In traditional celestial starburst style and raised in 3D tiers this very versatile piece can be worn as a pendant with its hidden curved solid bale.

Hallmarked with Duggin and Shappeares’ iconic hallmark.

History of Duggin and Shappere

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.


4cm Diameter

10.07 Grams

‘Anchor’ / 15 / ‘Hanging Fleece’ M.J..A. guarantee mark for 15ct gold

Very very good antique condition.  All pearls appear original with no re-gluing evident.  Original safety chain.  Hidden bale to verso will accommodate a fine chain only. 

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