Learn about Dick, Alexander

Alexander Dick (c.1791-1843) arrived in Sydney as a free-settler from Edinburgh in 1824 and employed a number of assigned convicts in his workshop. Probably initially employed by James Robertson, Sydney's first non-convict silver retailer and also from Scotland, Dick soon established his own business at 104 Pitt Street as both a retailer and working silversmith. Although himself sentenced in 1829 to seven years transportation to Norfolk Island for receiving stolen dessert spoons, he was later pardoned and returned to Sydney. For the next ten years his firm, received many significant commissions and became one of the most prolific manufacturers of silver flatware and presentation pieces in the colony. His mark appears on the first Australian-made racing trophy (the 1827 Junius Cup) and he was praised as the maker of the Sydney Subscription Cup, a now lost 84oz silver trophy ornamented with a gold horse finial and gold horse-heads for an 1834 race meeting. Retiring in 1841 (the year the first silver mine opened in Australia), he died two years later leaving an estate of almost £9000.
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Alexander Dick sterling silver Christening mug with engraved circular banding to the body, monogrammed 'EC' having a round barbed handle, sitting on a collet foot base. Sydney, 1835, maker Alexander Dick. Condition good, expected wear consistent with age &

An Australian Colonial silver spoon, fiddle and shell pattern, engraved initials S.H.J; Sydney, c.1840. Length 18 cm. Note: the marks are identical, apart from the maker's initials 'Ch' to Alexander Dick. John Houstone 'Early Australian silver' (publ. Hals

Alexander Dick, silver cream jug helmet shaped on four ball feet, lower body fluted, plain looped handle, interior gilt, unengaged, bearing the marks for Alexander Dick, the combination not recorded by Houstone, 'A. D, Castle, anchor, N.S.W', weight 135 gr

A pair of Australian silver fiddle pattern table spoons, by Alexander Dick, Sydney, circa 1839, with engraved dragon rampant armorial crest to the heel, pseudo English marks, 'Lion passant/Leopard's head/E/Kings head/DICK' (2), 159 gms

A very rare Australian sterling silver sauce ladle, by Alexander Dick (1791-1843), hallmarked with a lion passant, leopards head, monarchs head and a capital E, initialled. 18.5 cm long

An Australian silver salt spoon, fiddle and shell pattern, single struck, gilt bowl, monogrammed, Alexander Dick, Sydney c. 1827. (see mark 24, Jbh)

An Australian silver Fiddle patern teaspoon, by Alexander Dick, Sydney, circa 1835, engraved with script initials PMJ, marked 'Lion Passant/Crowned Leopard's Head/E/King's Head/Dick'. Exhibited: Powerhouse Museum Sydney 1984-1986

A pair of Australian silver sugar tongs, by Alexander Dick, Sydney, circa 1835, Fiddle pattern with applied shell and scroll motif, marked 'DICK/Lion Passant/Crowned Leopard's Head/E/King's Head',50gms (1.5oz). Provenance: Hamilton & Miller Auction Sale No

Alexander Dick, three sterling silver fiddle pattern table spoons, with marks bearing marks (lion Passant) (Crowned leopards head), E, Monarch - A. D, c. 1834. Length 23 cm. Weight 273 grams labels: Literature: 'Australian Silver', J. B Hawkins, item 19, p

Alexander Dick, sterling silver fiddle pattern basting spoon, bearing marks (lion Passant) (Crowned leopards head), E, Monarch - A. D, c. 1834. Length 31 cm. Weight 150 grams labels: Literature: 'Australian Silver', J. B Hawkins, item 19, pg 25

Alexander Dick, sterling silver fiddle pattern soup ladle, bearing marks (lion Passant) (Crowned leopards heads), E, Monarch - A. D, c. 1834. Length 36 cm. Weight 325 grams labels: Literature: 'Australian Silver', J. B Hawkins, item 19, pg 25

Alexander Dick, sterling silver fiddle pattern teaspoon, bearing marks bearing marks (lion Passant) (Crowned leopards head), E, Monarch - A. D. Length 14 cm. Weight 24 grams labels: Literature: 'Australian Silver', J. B Hawkins, item 19, pg 25

Alexander Dick, Australian silver dessert spoon c. 1835, with fiddle pattern and engraved with initials AHC, Alexander Dick, Sydney. Weight 60 grams Provenance: Estate of the late Dr Dominic Louis Serventy

Important silver fiddle pattern soup ladle by Alexander Dick, marks: (lion passant) (crowned leopard's head) E (monarch) Dick ref: JBH36. Length 34 cm; weight: 300 grams. Provenance: Sotheby's label. Notes: for almost identical example see J B Hawkins volu

An Australian silver pair of fiddle pattern table spoons by Alexander Dick, Sydney, circa 1830 with engraved script initials 'Ref' for Robert Fitzgerald and pseudo English marks, 'A.D/Lion Passant/Leopard's Head/E/King' head/A.Dick'. (2). Provenance: Rober

An Australian silver set of five fiddle pattern dessert forks by Alexander Dick, Sydney, circa 1830 with engraved script initials Ref for Robert Fitzgerald and pseudo English marks, A.D/lion passant/leopard's head/E/King' head. (5). Provenance: Robert Fitz

An Australian silver set of five fiddle pattern table forks by Alexander Dick, Sydney, circa 1830 with engraved script initials Ref for Robert Fitzgerald and pseudo English marks, A.D/lion passant/leopard's head/E/King' head. (5). Provenance: Robert Fitzge

An early 19th century Australian silver trophy 'The Junius cup', 'Parramatta racing Fund', October Meeting 1827, thistle form, half-fluted, with gilt interior, on knopped stepped circular foot. Presentation engraved: Obverse: 'The Junius cup'/NSW/Parramatt

Antique Australian sterling fiddle and shell pattern tea spoon by Alexander Dick, crested and with date letter E

A rare fiddle pattern soup ladle by Alexander Dick, Sydney, circa 1839, 302gms. Length 33 cm

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