Early Australian Gold Pendant

When travelling to Australia this summer, I am very pleased to visit an antique shop in Queensland. I said to the shopkeeper that I wanted an early piece of antique jewellery, something like Victorian or Edwardian. I am so happy that she pointed me to the direction of her gold collection. I then found this lovely piece of 9ct kangaroo pendant:

Kangaroo pendant with early Australian gold hallmark
Kangaroo pendant with early Australian gold hallmark

It has early Australian hallmark consists of three elements: the marker’s mark, the purity of gold, and the guarantee mark. See here for more info on early Australian hallmark.

Early Australian hallmark on the bottom of Kangaroo legs
Early Australian hallmark on the bottom of Kangaroo legs

The hallmark at the bottom of the pendant says: Unicorn + 9 + W

After researching online, I found out that the Unicorn and W hallmark belongs to Willis & Sons Pty. Ltd.

This is the history of Willis & Sons according to website www.carters.com.au :

Brothers Richard and Thomas Willis came to Melbourne in 1860s as jewellery importers and wholesalers. Around 1870 they began manufacturing jewellery. The partnership was dissolved in 1874. Thomas & V. J. Willis then created a company called T. Willis & Co. in 1875. The company was growing and expending to Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. In 1904 the company name changed into Willis & Sons Pty. Ltd. In 1931, the manufacturing side of the business was closed. (Source is here)

Based on the source above, I can suggest that my pendant was made in between 1904 – 1931. I would suggest that it maybe made in Edwardian time.

The hallmark 'Unicorn' '9' 'W'
The hallmark ‘Unicorn’ ‘9’ ‘W’ dated circa 1900s (Edwardian)

I am very happy with the finding of an early Australian gold. Although I am not very happy about the weight, as this pendant only weight about 0.8 gram. So less than 1 gram.

The Edwardian kangaroo pendant
The Edwardian kangaroo pendant

The shop where I found this pendant is an antique shop in Mareeba located in Byrnes St.

9ct pendant made by Willis & Sons (probably made in Melbourne)
9ct pendant made by Willis & Sons (probably made in Melbourne)

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