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.
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 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 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
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
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
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
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.
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