Here is such a wonderful and whimsical antique brooch that will always bring a smile to your face when you see it, and has the added charm of being made by one of Australia's earliest jewellers.
Made in 9 carat gold by Duggin, Shappere and Co in the early 1900's, this wonderful brooch measures 26.5mm across by 25mm and is set with 19 seed pearls in its body and a red paste stone for the eye. The detail in this brooch is just so wonderful and full of character and it sits so well on a jacket where it will no doubt always be admired.
So charming, this antique brooch is a wonderful example of early Australian jewellery with of course a bird that is totally Australian.
Maker: Duggin, Shappere and Co
Antique kookaburra brooch
Antique kookaburra brooch by Duggin, Shappere & Co
Who were Duggin, Shappere & Co?
A brief history on Duggin, Shappere & Co:
Duggin, Shappere and Co were one of Australia's most prolific and famous jewellery firms starting in Melbourne in 1896.Founded by H. Duggin and P. Shappere became well known for Australian themed jewellery as well as other high end pieces set with diamonds and opals among other precious gemstones. The Great Depression took a toll on this prestigious Australian company, and they closed their doors in 1929, however in their brief time, they produced highly collectable jewellery that is so sought after today. Their jewellery was marked with an anchor symbol.
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