Antique Australian Gold Locket by Willis, Melbourne, circa 1900
Antique Australian Gold Locket by Willis, Melbourne, circa 1900. 9ct rose gold. Diameter 4.5cm. Weight 13.5 grams.
The circular plain polished locket is of good size, measuring almost 5cm in diameter. The locket is hand engraved on the front with the scrolling initials M.H. The locket opens, and inside is a leather insert to one compartment and a pierce of parchment to the other. Both compartments would originally have been glazed and probably contained photographs or small mementos of a lovely one. (And could be again!)
Willis & Sons, a Melbourne based firm established in 1858 were originally importers and wholesalers. By 1908, Willis & Sons were located at 350–356 Little Collins Street. After 50 years in the jewellery business, they were one of Australia’s most prolific jewellery manufacturers. “Their gold jewellery was produced for a substantial middle-class market... and lockets were one of the many items they produced. Many gold lockets were made, ranging from plain circular photo-lockets to more elaborate shield and heart-shaped items’ (Cavil Cocks & Grace, Australian Jewellers, Gold & Silversmiths, Makers & Marks)
The back of the locket is marked with a three part mark. The Unicorn Head and ‘W’ denote Willis & Sons, and 9 indicates 9ct gold.
Condition: Fair vintage or age appropriate condition, with some small dents front and back, and slight scuff marks.
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