Donovan and Overland opened as manufacturing and wholesale jewellers in Perth in 1897. They supplied many of the retail jewellers on the goldfields and in Perth. Many of their goldfields brooches carry the name of a Western Australian gold mining town, town, presumably where the brooch was retailed to the miners by a local jeweller. For example, Donnybrook, is a small town in Western Australia, about two hours south of Perth. It was first settled about 1842 but it was not until 1897 that gold was discovered about 6 kilometres south of the town, resulting in a small gold rush to the town about two years later. However the exitement was short-lived and the most of the miners had left the area after about 3 years. Donovan and Overland, occupied a number of locations in Perth, but closed in 1921.
A Coolgardie Miner's Brooch 18ct gold circa 1900 depicting a mine head, windlass and miner's tools. The base is of a pile of gold with a bucket hanging below. Attributed to Donovan & Overland manufacturers of Perth W.A
Rare West Australian diamond brooch by Donovan and Overland Perth c1898-1926 9ct y/g single bar with central 8 claw set old round brilliant cut yellow tint diamond, approx. 3ct vvs-vs clarity. 'Key stamp' length 62mm
An extremely rare West Australian 'Donnybrook' miners brooch, circa 1900, attributed to Donovan & Overland, Jewellery Manufacturers, Perth. Depicting small nuggets, windlass, pick and shovel, with mounted arched lettering 'Donnybrook'. Marked 18C with safe
9ct rose gold rare West Australian yellow diamond bar brooch by Donovan & Overland Perth, 1898-c.1926, single bar with a central 8 claw setting with an old round brilliant cut diamond. The diamond weight is approx. 0.93ct, tinted colour yellowish-VVS/VS. M
West Australian miners nugget brooch, early 20th century, stamped 15ct double bar with three mounted nuggets and lower suspended nugget and safety chain. Attributed to Donovan & Overland, working Jewellers Perth (1898 - 1926). Length 63mm; weight 14 grams
A West Australian 9ct yellow gold and mother of pearl brooch, c. 1910 by Donovan and Overland, the mother of pearl is carved into two birds sitting on a branch in a 9ct gold setting, with safety chain. Stamped 9ct and with a key, the Donovan and Overland m
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