Learn about Stewart Dawson & Co.

Stewart Dawson & Co. were manufacturing and retailing jewellers, silversmiths and watchmakers who in the late 1880s had branches in Liverpool and London in England; in Australia in Sydney and Melbourne and in New Zealand in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

The person behind the business, Stewart Dawson (1849 - 1932), whose full name was David Stewart Dawson was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

He served his apprenticeship in Dufftown a small town about 70 km from Aberdeen and then at the age of 22, moved to Liverpool where he founded a retail watch making and jewellery business. The business was very successful, and after reviewing the number of orders that were coming in from Australia, he emigrated there in 1886. He founded the business of Stewart Dawson and Co., initially with premises in Sydney but soon expanded to Melbourne, and New Zealand.

He also invested and traded in inner city properties in Sydney and Melbourne, from which he became very wealthy, so much so that by the time of the Great Depression in the 1930s he had converted his properties to cash, and was holding in excess of 1 million pounds. more...
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Sterling silver hunter cased key wind chronograph pocket watch 3/4 plate by Stewart Dawson & Co, Liverpool #102338 Birmingham 1884

9ct banded agate brooch oval panel with claw and rope twist frame maker S D & Co (Stewart Dawson)

English hallmarked sterling silver George V dish having a plain oval body with shaped border & applied reeded edge, sitting on four cast scrolled shell form feet. Inscribed 'Connie & Jack From Cousins George & Andrew', Birmingham, 1911,

Lady's 18ct gold full hunter watch, white dial, Roman numerals, push pin at one o'clock, movement marked Stewart Dawson & Co in a finely engraved case, diameter 37.5mm, wt. 41.7g, not working.

9ct yellow gold pocket watch with 9ct gold fob chain, retailed by Stewart Dawson & Co c.1910 top wind mechanical movement dial marked 'Stewart Dawson & Co. Australian Ltd, made in England' white enamel dial with subsidiary second hand 9ct y

An Australian vintage 18ct gold band, with makers mark for Stewart Dawson & Co., wt 6.4g, size Q.

A rolled-gold full hunter pocketwatch, machine turned case, shield engraved B, face stamped 'Stewart Dawson & Co Ltd ? made in America', Keystone Watchcase, engraved to inside 'To Ernest from Carrie 11.9.1912'.

A Victorian sterling silver lady's open face pocket watch, white enamel dial and movement signed Stewart Dawson & Co, Liverpool, Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds, and key wind. Birmingham 1885, size 41.6mm, not working, key attached.

A c.1900 French brass cased carriage clock, turned and fluted column corner supports, the white enamel dial with Roman numerals and retailer's name Stewart Dawson & Co. Ltd, decorative swing top handle, with key, in fitted leather case, with faults

An early 20th century N.Z. presentation silver table centrepiece, octagonal form with raised tall trumpet vase upon a large spreading dish on a waisted stem with scrolling arms supporting two smaller conforming dishes, spreading base, pierced scroll engrav

A hallmarked sterling silver full hunter pocket watch, with black Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds, push piece at 4 o'clock, movement by Rotherhams London for Stewart Dawson & Co. Case marked Birmingham 1910 (works just)

Sterling silver sauce boat, hallmarked London 1915 (Stewart Dawson & Co Ltd), 16 cm wide, 166 grams approx

A Stewart Dawson & Co. 18ct gold keyless case chronograph pocket watch having signed movement

A pair of silver vases, tapered form, wooden base; Stewart Dawson & Co Ltd, Birmingham, 1922. Height 13.5 cms. Weight 215g.

Australian sterling silver napkin ring by Stuart Dawson & Co (David Stewart Dawson 1849-1932), together with an Edwardian sterling silver lidded jar hallmarked Birmingham 1909

A keyless Swiss 18ct gold open face pocket watch, stamped 18K and made for Stewart Dawson, c.1900. Rolled gold bow. Lever movement 3/4 plate. Diameter 51mm. TW 96.4gms.

A good hunter cased pocket watch by Rotherhams, 1909, hallmarked and stamped 18ct on covers and bow. Lever movement made for Stewart Dawsons N.279785. 3/4 plate with bi-metallic balance. Enamel dial in good order. Width 49mm. TW 81gms.

Three Australian silver serviette rings, Stokes, Stewart Dawson, and another. (3)

Stewart Dawson & Co sterling silver bowl, approx 10.5 cm diameter

German bracket clock early 20th century, retailers Stewart Dawson & Co. Ltd, silver face, the chapter ring with black Roman numerals below a fast, slow and a chime, silent subsidiary dials, in a mahogany case, with key and pendulum. Height 29 cm

Important and rare antique 18ct gold double minute chronograph fob watch, by makers Stewart Dawson and Co., England, engraved, c.1888, in excellent working order (total weight 135gr)

A George V silver centrepiece, the central basket raised on a trumpet form pedestal and with three hanging baskets of conforming design suspended around it. The walls of each with trellis design. Birmingham 1912 by Stewart Dawson & Co. Raised on turned woo

English hallmarked sterling silver flask with an internal cork stopper & etched monogram. Some dents. Sheffield, 1912, maker Stewart Dawson & Co Ltd. Length 13 cm weight 223g

A West Australian Royal Perth yacht club racing trophy engraved 'R.P.Y.C. Commodores cup 1909 Won by Banshee'. The trophy is silver plated with retailers mark 'Stewart Dawson & Co'. Height 24 cm. Note: the Banshee also has a dark chapter including a tragic

A pair of Edwardian silver candlesticks, Stewart Dawson Ltd, London 1909, of classic design with Corinthian columns on stepped square base with beaded borders, detachable matching nozzles, loaded, (2), 21.3 cm high

Antique 9ct yellow gold jewel beetle necklace c.1900. Attributed to Stewart Dawson & Co Jewellers, Hay St Western Australia, active 1898-1965. Featuring 12 jewel beetles, 5 of which are suspended in a festoon fringe design with Stewart Dawson & Co jeweller

An Australian cameo brooch, the large oval shell cameo depicting a couple in a romantic embrace, in 15ct gold, signed Stewart Dawson & Co.

Sterling silver pocket watch with key Hallmarked Birmingham 1883. Glass missing. Stewart Dawson & co Liverpool.

Sterling silver hunter cased pocket watch no 312067 by Rotherhams for Stewart Dawsons, white enamel dial with seconds movement, key wind

15ct yellow gold Sir James Mitchell presentation key by Stewart Dawson & Co, Perth. engraved: Presented to the Hon. Sir James Mitchell on the occasion of opening the Memorial. Hospital Bruce rock, 18-11-1922. Length 5.2 cm, weight: 15gm

Four piece sterling silver tea set with bone detailing on lids and handles. Maker Stewart Dawson & Co. Birmingham, 1907. Weight 1693g

Edwardian sterling silver teapot maker Stewart Dawson. Chester, 1914. Weight 351g

18ct. gold case pocket watch English longtail lever. White enamel dial with Roman numerals, gold coloured hands and seconds dial at the 6 o'clock. Stewart Dawson & Co. Case marked Chester, 1906. Engraved initialled front, inner dust lid engraved 'To Stuart

A Stewart Dawson sterling silver jewel box rounded square shape with enamel flower on four hoof legs. Birmingham, 1912. Width 8.2 cm

Sterling silver photograph frame decorated with Lovers Knots (Birmingham 1938-39) Stewart Dawson & Co Ltd

A French brass carriage clock, the white enamel dial with Roman numerals, marked Stewart Dawson, London. Height 14 cm

An early 20th century silver boat form bowl, the sinuous castellated rim above a wide band of pierced scrolling decoration, raised on four cabriole legs with pad feet. Birmingham 1912 by Stewart Dawson & Co.15 x 9.5 x 5.5 cm. Weight 170gms

Two silver boomerang letter openers by Stewart Dawson & Co, each modelled with a single figure of a kookaburra in profile set with glass eyes. Marks: S.D & Co on one, (anchor) Stg (crescent) on both. Combined weight: 62 grams. Length 14.5 cm. Provenance: p

Silver emu paper weight by Stewart Dawson, Naturally modelled on a circular leaf engraved base. Marks: Stewart Dawson/ Stg Sil. Weight:159 grams. Height 9 cm. Provenance: Private Collection

Silver & gold boomerang letter opener, probably by Stewart Dawson & Co, with an applied gold map of Australia. Marks: (anchor) Stg (crescent). Combined weight: 32 grams. Length 15 cm. Provenance: Private Collection. Notes: Refer lot 168

Australian silver & 9ct gold boomerang letter opener, probably by Stewart Dawson & Co, modelled with a single gold figure of a kangaroo in full stride. Marks: (anchor) Stg (crescent) 9ct. Combined weight: 30 grams. Length 14 cm. Provenance: Vizard Foundati