Wonderful Early Australian Art Deco Sterling Silver Locket & Chain by F.J. Mole Circa 1925

*Please read below and follow the link to an in-depth biography of this iconic early Australian Silversmith and Jeweller*

Art Deco original by iconic early Australian maker F.L Mole, Brisbane, dating to around the mid to late 1920’s.

Measuring a significant 3.8cm in diameter, svelte and smooth and quite contemporary in design even by todays standards.
With highly stylised initials in script to the front, these could be polished out by a jewellery if desired, but they are superb and original to the piece.

With both original inner rims still present to both compartments, this stunning locket is awaiting for your own photos to be popped inside.

With what we believe to be the original chain, in silver of course, measuring a ‘great slip over the head’ 83cm. this chain bears no clasp, it simply does not need one. However this would be an easy addition if required.

Hallmarked with F.J Moles iconic stamp to the back and stamped Sterling Silver also.

History of F.J.Mole

“F .J. Mole, subsequently F.J. Mole & Company, was a leading manufacturer of sterling silverware in Queensland through the 20th century. Frederick James Mole, born c. 1881, was a native of Birmingham, England and apparently learnt his craft there. The maker's mark 'F.J.M' with sans serif lettering that was entered in the Birmingham assay office records in 1902 as that of FJ. Mole, could well be the mark of Frederick James Mole.
Little has been reported of his training other than he was involved in the 'metal industry' prior to his coming to Australia in 1910.
Mole founded his business in Brisbane in 1913 and by 1915, was listed in Wise's Queensland Post Office Directory under the heading 'Silversmiths' as MOLE F.J. Manufacturer of ecclesiastical metalwork, sporting trophies, etc. 154a Edward St, Brisbane. Mole moved to Stanley Street, South Brisbane in 1917.
Mole's production of popular gift wares in sterling silver - napkin rings, vesta match boxes and child's mugs in the 1920s and 30s was competitive.
These marked wares are now sought by collectors”.  

(Credit http://Australiana.org.au/ressources'magazine)

(PDF p.13)
Locket 3.8cm diameter
Chain 83cm
21.59 Combined locket and chain
‘Sterling Silver’
‘M’ / ‘Emu’ / ‘Maltese Cross’
Lovely antique condition, Very Very minor marks to silver seen mainly under magnification, this locket could be polished to new if desired…. Locket opens and snaps closed perfectly.  Both inner compartments retain the original silver rims.

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