THE DIRECTORY OF AUSTRALIA SILVERSMITHS
MARKS AND HALLMARKS OF AUSTRALIAN SILVER

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SANDERS W.J.
SANDERS W.J. SANDERS W.J. SANDERS W.J. SANDERS W.J.
New South Wales, Sydney
William James Sanders (1885-1946) of English origin, emigrated to Australia in 1911 and opened his workshop at 80 Hunter Street, Sydney, in 1912. In 1915 he moved at 212 Clarence Street and in 1924 to 1 Lee Street, Railway Place where W. J. Sanders, manufacturing silversmiths, goldsmiths and art metal workers was located for close on half a century. The "Elephant's Head" figural mark (part of coat of arms of the Sanders family) was used by W. J. Sanders, W J. Sanders Pty Ltd and subsequently, AmorSanders Pty Ltd from c.1915 to 1996
SARGISON AROLD F.
Arold F. Sargison Arold F. Sargison
Hobart, Tasmania (125 Liverpool Street)
Arold F. Sargison (1885-1983) was active from 1920 c. to 1980, when he retired at the age of 95. The silversmith is known for his ecclesiastical wares, in particular the gold monstrance, designed by Alan C. Walker, made in 1932 for Hobart's St Mary's Cathedral. He is also the maker of the Tasmanian Mace for the House of Assembly Chamber.



SCHAFER Edward
Edward Schafer, Melbourne
Victoria, Melbourne
active circa 1880
SCHOMBERG Julius
SCHOMBERG Julius
South Australia, Adelaide
active 1850s/1860s
SILCRAFT PTY LTD
Silcraft Pty Ltd Silcraft Pty Ltd
Victoria, Melbourne
Founded in 1930 by J. and Mary I Sharp. Later, their Managing Director Mr A.F. Thompson and his family took over the company. They expanded during the late 1940s, with many new employees, later moving to 82 Dandenong Road Oakleigh in the early 1950s. They were then relocated not far from there at 168 Forster Road Mount Waverley. Silverware production ceased in late 1950s
STEINER Henry
STEINER Henry STEINER Henry STEINER Henry STEINER Henry STEINER Henry STEINER Henry STEINER Henry STEINER Henry STEINER Henry STEINER Henry STEINER Henry STEINER Henry STEINER Henry STEINER Henry STEINER Henry STEINER Henry STEINER Henry STEINER Henry STEINER Henry
South Australia, Adelaide
active 1860s/1880s



STEVENSON Walter Hunter
STEVENSON Walter Hunter STEVENSON Walter Hunter STEVENSON Walter Hunter STEVENSON Walter Hunter
South Australia, Adelaide
active 1870s/1920s



STOKES Thomas
STOKES & SON
STOKES (Australasia) Ltd.
STOKES Thomas STOKES (Australasia) Ltd. STOKES Thomas STOKES (Australasia) Ltd. and Steward Dawson & Co: silverplate STOKES & SON  silverplate STOKES & SON  silverplate STOKES & SON  silverplate STOKES & SON  silverplate STOKES & SON STOKES & SON
Victoria, Melbourne
active 1850s/1920
STOKES & SON  silverware marks
TAYLOR & SHARP
Taylor & Sharp, Hobart Taylor & Sharp, Hobart
Tasmania, Hobart
active c. 1900



HALLMARKS OF ENGLISH SILVER - MAKER'S MARK IDENTIFICATION
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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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