THE DIRECTORY OF AUSTRALIA SILVERSMITHS
MARKS AND HALLMARKS OF AUSTRALIAN SILVER

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SILVERSMITH'S NAME AND MARK
SILVERSMITH'S INFORMATION
CARIS Bros
Caris Bros - Perth
West Australia, Perth
Founded by Stanley Caris in 1897. Purchased by George Ledger in 1924, was active in Perth with branches at Kalgoorlie and Bunbury. Out of business c. 1984
CARR Eric
Eric Carr
West Australia, Perth
active 1980s
CLAYTON Samuel
CLAYTON Samuel
New South Wales, Sydney
active 1820s/1850s
COHEN Henry
COHEN Henry
New South Wales, Sydney
active 1830s
COHEN Joel John
COHEN Joel John COHEN Joel John often found with the mark of J.J.Cohen
New South Wales, Sydney
active 1840s



STEWART DAWSON & CO
Stewart Dawson & Co - Melboune & Sydney Stewart Dawson & Co - Melboune & Sydney
Victoria, Melbourne & Sydney
A retail business established in 1869 in London, UK, by David Stewart Dawson. The firm Stewart Dawson & Co was active as jewellers and watch manufacturer at Hatton Garden London, with premises in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. In 1907 the firm was converted to Stewart Dawson & Co Ltd (until c. 1935). Various sterling silver hallmarks were entered in Birmingham, Chester and London Assay Offices
J.M. DEMPSTER LTD
J.M. Dempster Ltd
New South Wales, Sydney
merchant jewellers and silversmiths active at 311 George Street, Sydney
DENIS BROS.
DENIS BROS. DENIS BROS.
Victoria, Melbourne
active 1850s/1880s
DICK Alexander
DICK Alexander DICK Alexander DICK Alexander DICK Alexander DICK Alexander DICK Alexander DICK Alexander DICK Alexander DICK Alexander DICK Alexander DICK Alexander
New South Wales, Sydney
active 1820s/1840s



DOIG & HORN
Doig & Horn, Fremantle Doig & Horn, Fremantle
Fremantle, Western Australia
partnership of Charles Doig and Charles Horn. Active in 143 High Street, Fremantle, 1916-1929
DRUMMOND William
DRUMMOND William DRUMMOND William DRUMMOND William DRUMMOND William DRUMMOND William
Victoria, Melbourne
founded in 1872 as Brush & MacDonnell Company (partnership of Samuel Brush and William Drummond) in Collins Street. Samuel Brush died in 1878 and the firm was renamed Drummond & Co. Later William Drummond (d.1917) moved the company to Bourke Street. W.J. Sanders acted as supplier of the Drummond retail jewellery business.



HALLMARKS OF ENGLISH SILVER - MAKER'S MARK IDENTIFICATION
ALPHABETICAL LISTING
OF SILVERSMITHS' NAMES
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
THE DIRECTORY OF CAPE SILVERSMITHS A - C D - I J - M N - T U - Z
THE DIRECTORY OF CHANNEL ISLANDS SILVERSMITHS A - F G - H I - P Q - Z unidentified makers
CANADIAN SILVERSMITHS A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
BRITISH TOWN MARKS AND DATE LETTERS
AUSTRALIA AND ITS SILVER - A BRIEF HISTORY
 1841 map of Australia Colony
Australia in the 19th century was made up of six separate colonies, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and Western Australia, South Australia (including, at this time, also the Northern Territories).
In term of working silversmiths only three colonies supported any number of craftsmen, namely South Wales capital, Sydney, Victoria, capital Melbourne and South Australia capital, Adelaide.
In the first half of the 19th century inhabitants of Australia were few tenths of thousands and pre 1850 Australian silver by comparison to colonial silver in general must be considered very rare.
Most working silversmiths with retail business carried imported silver or plated items as current stock and locally produced items were manufactured only to fulfill immediate orders (as presentation trophies) when the waiting time to order pieces from England was too long.
No form of official mark or date letter system was introduced into the hallmarking of Australian silver.
Early Australian silversmiths marked their objects with their full name or initials and imitations of English hallmarks as leopard's heads, lions and anchors.
In 1988 was formed the Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia. A voluntary system of marking was introduced (maker's mark, standard mark, guild mark and date letter).

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