Learn about Willis & Co.

The brothers Richard and Thomas Willis arrived in Melbourne in 1858, and soon established themselves as jewellery importers and wholesalers. Over the next decade they becoming manufacturing jewellers. In 1874, the partnership was dissolved and the firm T. Willis & Co. came into being in 1875, under the control of Thomas & V. J. Willis. During the rest of the century the firm prospered, becoming importers of clocks, silver and electro-plated wares, as well as being wholesale jewellers and silversmiths, with premises in Melbourne Sydney and Perth. In 1904 the company changed it's name to Willis & Sons Pty. Ltd. selling to retailers throughout Australia. The manufacturing side of the business was closed in 1931 and the company reverted to importing.

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9ct yellow gold Advance Australia brooch. By Willis, Melbourne, registered design.

Two Australian kookaburra brooches, one circular set with seed pearls by Willis & Sons, Melbourne and one with a hand painted porcelain panel, both circa 1900, 9 carat yellow gold, For a near identical item see Australian Jewellery 19th and 20th Centur

An antique Australian brooch, Willis & Co, bommerang with a map of Australia and 'Good Luck', seed pearl set leaves and a green paste stone, 9ct gold. Weight 2.8g. Boxed.

Australian 15ct gold kookaburra brooch set with seed pearls and peridots by Willis of Melbourne

A pair of Australian antique 15ct gold cuff links, shield shape by Willis, wt 7.9g

An antique seed pearl and amethyst brooch/pendant. 9ct yellow gold, hallmarked Willis Bros. Made as an oval frame of gold, centrally supporting a single oval cut pale amethyst and tendril scrolls of gold seed pearl set, framed by further gold work, set wit

An early Australian 15ct yellow gold seed pearl crescent moon and red paste gemstone bar brooch, made by T Willis & Co, Melbourne, circa 1920, with antique box. Total weight 4.3grams.

An Australian antique 9ct gold bangle, top applied with a pearl and sapphire set lyre and geometric wire highlights by Willis (damaged) and a pair of 9ct half stud earrings. Wt. 10.3g.

A gold and black silk Albert chain, Willis, Melbourne circa 1920. 9ct yellow gold. Length 29 cm

Australia 9ct gold brooch pendant by Willis of Melbourne

Two pairs of 9ct gold cuff links, monogrammed shields by Willis, other oval discs marked Chester 1934. Wt. 6g. Slight dents.

An antique Australian aquamarine bangle by Willis & Co, featuring an oval cut aquamarine of 3.02cts, expandable, signed, in gold.

Willis & Sons 15ct Victorian sword brooch. A sword, crescent moon and star brooch set with half pearls. Hallmarked Willis & Sons. C1905

An early Australian 9ct yellow gold and pearl Southern cross necklace, five seed pearls, attributed to Willis & Co, circa 1900. Length 43 cm. Total weight 2grams.

An opal starburst brooch, attributed to Willis of Melbourne, set with crystal opals. 15ct yellow gold, marks indistinct. Diameter 46mm.

Australian 15ct gold bangle set with seed pearls and peridots, by Willis of Melbourne

An antique gold locket, pearl heart panel and chain, the locket by Willis Bros. In 9ct rose gold, made as a medium sized oval locket of polished finish, one side engraved with initials, hinged, along with a 15ct yellow gold heart shaped pendant, closed gol

A pair of 9ct yellow gold and amethyst drop earrings by Willis & Co featuring a graduated amethyst drop of three stones suspended from a screw back fitting. Weight: 2g

15ct yellow gold Albert chain with 9ct yellow gold Australian coat of arms medallion, c.1900 i)the Albert chain is by early West Australian jeweller Thomas Richard Scanlan, c.1900. The T bar is marked '15ct' 'S' and 'A swan', each link is stamped '15', ii)

9ct yellow gold 'Australia and swan' brooch by Willis & Sons marked with a 'Unicorn' '9' 'W'. Measures 24 x 21mm, with safety chain Willis & Sons were located in Hay and Murray St Perth, from 1899 to 1907. They were also in Melbourne and Sydney. Reference:

15ct yellow gold Australian miners nugget brooch, c.1860's. Attributed to R. & T. Willis, Melbourne Jewellers 1858 - 1874. Double bar brooch with a central nugget. The bars each having a curved end and a square cornered end. Length 43mm. Weight 8.6 grams m

Two antique gold brooches, one crafted in 15ct yellow gold, hallmarked Wb, made as a fine elongated bar brooch of gold, centrally detailed by an elongated cluster with six natural pearls set framed by mine cut diamonds with safety chain fitted, along with

Two Seed pearl star pendant brooches, one Willis, Melbourne, 15ct gold, the other 9ct yellow gold.

An Australian gold bamboo bangle, the hinged bangle stamped Willis & Sons, in 9ct gold

A pair of 9ct gold cuff links; plain round discs by Willis. Wt. 6.9g.

Thomas John Koenig WORLD WAR I memorial jewellery: 9ct gold & enamel medallion by Willis & Sons [Melbourne] engraved on reverse 'Presented by Jumbuck Residentsto Mr & Mrs Koenig in Token of Pte. T.J.Koenig, Died on Active Service 26/9/17'; also includes a

Three gold Southern Cross Brooches, circa 1915, comprising an Anzac brooch and a kangaroo brooch by Willis, Melbourne together with a Gallipoli brooch by Alfred T. Jackson, Fremantle

An enamelled fob pendant on chain, Willis, Melbourne, inscribed Scrubby Creek 1920, 9ct rose and yellow gold together with a silver warratah stick pin

Australian gold seed pearl & green stone cufflinks, 9ct gold, by T. Willis

Antique Australian 9ct rose gold (wax filled) bangle by Willis & Co, c.1900 bamboo design with textured and smooth surface with safety chain. Diameter 58mm stamped with makers mark, 'Unicorn W 9'. Reference: Australian Jewellers Makers & marks, by Cavill C

Two Australian brooches. An enamel bow by Willis and a gold musical brooch by Lawrence.

An Australian gold and diamond bangle by Willis of Melbourne. The front section of the hinged bangle set with an old brilliant cut diamond of estimated weight 0.70 carat. 15ct yellow gold.

Brooch By Willis, Melbourne: In the form of a boomerang, surmounted by a map of Australia flanked by an emu and kangaroo. 9ct yellow gold. Weight 2.63 grams.

Brooch By Willis, Melbourne: In the form of the Southern Cross and set with garnet topped doublets and a central applied emu. 9ct yellow gold. Weight 2.72 grams.

Various Australian Bar Brooches: Maker's include Willis of Melbourne; H. Simonsen of Melbourne; Aronson & Co. of Melbourne: Rosenthal, Aronson and Co. Melbourne; Duggin, Shappere and Co. of Melbourne. Stamped 9 and 15ct gold. Weight 31.35 grams.

An antique 15ct gold Australian fancy link watch chain with 9ct fob by Willis and an inlaid mother of pearl and paua shell fob

An Australian 15ct yellow gold gemstone shield bar brooch one red paste gemstone, made by T.Willis, Melbourne

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