William Mark, known as Bill, was born in Scarsdale, Victoria, Australia on 12th June 1868. He trained in Melbourne under J R Rowland, (87 & 91 Little Collins Street East, Melbourne - Enamelled Gold and Silverware; the enamelling champlevé), before travelling to England in the late 1890's. Here he worked for a time in the London workshop of Nelson Dawson (1859-1941) who founded the Artificer's Guild in 1901. By the end of 1900 Mark joined C R Ashbee's Guild of Handicraft as a jeweller and then moved to Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire with them and stayed until they disbanded in 1908. (Continued.....click image)
Broken Hill was a silver mine in Austraila
This was probably made as souvenir from silver mined there
James W R Linton was a British artist, teacher and craftsman who had studied metalwork under Harold Stabler and was active 1869 to 1947, a leading exponent of the Arts and Crafts style in Perth, Western Australia. Together with his partner Arthur G Cross they produced jewellery and silverware including spoons. His elder son James Alexander Barrow Linton (Jamie) was born in Perth in 1904 and studied metalwork at the Central School of Arts in London in 1925. He returned to Perth and went into partnership with his father and died in 1980.
Ants Nest circa 1980's
Made by Puzzle, Sydney, Australia
Marked on base with map of Australia, Sterling and Puzzle