Charles Jones was a jeweller and silversmith from Birmingham who was transported to Tasmania as a result of an altercation in his workshop. He arrived on the ‘Georgiana’ in 1833 and was assigned to David Barclay.
Previously recorded work by Jones includes the ‘Mezger’ silver snuff box c. 1848, the ‘Williamson’ silver snuff box c. 1850 and the ‘Allison’ silver presentation cup c 1850.
This ring, crafted from Tasmanian alluvial gold features natural gold nuggets and an engraved cartouche bearing the initials “W T” for William Tancred (1818-64) who was a member of the cloth. Initially appointed Associated Priest at St Davids, Hobart he went on to Macquarie Plains and then Launceston before returning to England.
This ring, dated between 1852 -55, was featured in ‘BLING 19th Century Goldfields Jewellery’ Ballaarat 2016.
It is probably the earliest datable piece of Tasmanian jewellery crafted from Tasmanian gold and one of the earliest pieces of Australian jewellery crafted from Australian gold.
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