Rare Early Australian Ring By ’William Drummond’ 9ct Yellow Gold Onyx Monogram ‘R’ Circa 1920

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Quite an exceptional and large ring crafted in 9ct yellow gold by William Drummond and hallmarked clearly with his iconic mark ‘W.D’.
With the centre panel of black Onyx measuring 1.5cm x 1.2cm set with an ornate and hand chased letter ‘R’ with complimentary vertical side panels also finely chased.

The shoulders are scrolled corbel style leading to a nice wide thick flat court band.  The rear, unlike many initial monogram rings, is full enclosed in gold.
‘R’ is completely secure, no movement, and onyx is in excellent condition as is the entire ring, extraordinary for its 100 years of age.

These timeless rings have never fallen out of style and even though traditionally made for and worn by men times have changed !
Suitable for any gender, these rings are strong and powerful and look incredible on.

The History of William Drummond
“Brush & MacDonnell Company was initially founded in 1872 in a partnership of Samuel Brush and William Drummond in Collins Street. However, Samuel Brush died in 1878 and the firm was renamed Drummond & Co. William moved the company to Bourke Street where it had been renowned for style and quality since inception as Drummond later died in 1917. Arguably one of the premier jewellery of Melbourne at the close of the Victorian era and well into the 20th century.  Most famous internationally for the design and manufacture of Queen Elizabeth II’s yellow and white diamond wattle brooch, presented to her from the foevenment and people of Australia on her first visit to Australian in 1954.

At Drummond & Co., all royalty, entertainers, politicians and gentry have had the Drummond experience, where exclusive jewellery, fine china, crystal and the sniff of snobbery combined to affirm one’s social status, like the Lalique crystal on the mantelpiece. Even some cashed-up underworld figures and brothel madams had a reputable outlet in which to spend their money”.

0nyx - 1.5cmX 1.2cm
Face - 1.7cm x 1.4cm
Shoulders - 9mm tapering to band 4mm
6.59 Grams
W 9 D ( William Drummond 9ct)
X 1/2 OR 21.4mm diameter (Sizeable to a degree)
Excellent, almost pristine, no scratches to onyx, ‘R’ Initial firm and secure, no thinning to band, no wear to coroners of setting.

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