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About Harris & Son Silver

Harris & Son Silver is manufactured in Western Australia and represents four generations of fine silver craft since 1921.

As skilled ring-makers migrating from Birmingham in 1920, Charles and his son Harold melted down their own watch chains to make rings and consequently the partnership of Harris & Son was formed.

It was Harold Harris who created the original wildflower designs that Harris & Son became known for.  The wildflower silverware became very well known both in Australia and amongst Heads of State and Royalty in many countries.

Harold passed the skills onto his son John and daughter Nola, both of whom were operating Harris & Son for many years.  Harris & Son was sold over ten years ago and operated under the new owners in Fremantle.

 John’s son, Cameron, recently bought the business back and is re-launching Harris & Son Silver – representing the fourth generation of the Harris family to be crafting fine silverware in Western Australia. The wildflower designs Harold crafted over many years have stood the test of time and continue to feature in the silverware produced by Harris & Son Silver today.

 

This photo was taken in Narrogin, Western Australia, 1934.  Mr Reg Pound was the Watchmaker who worked closely with Charles and Harold for many years.

 

Bridgetown, Western Australia. Circa 1930.

Bridgetown, Western Australia, circa 1930.  It is not that common these days to find a fine jeweller next door to a supplier of manures.  Harold Harris is standing on the left with ‘Clocky’ Travers on the right.

 

(l-r) Great Grandpa Charles Harris, Del, Grandpa Harold Harris.  This workshop was located in the Picadilly Arcade, Perth, Western Australia.

 

Grandpa Harris

This photo of Harold Harris was taken at the workshop when it was in Bible House, St Georges Terrace, Perth, 1983.  He is holding the popular Kangaroo Paw teaspoon that was one of many designs that captured the flowers’ natural beauty.  

 

 

Transcript: An interview with Charles Harris

1985

Jewellers and Jewellery Making

 

Charles Harris and Charles Harold Harris were extremely involved in the jewellery making industry in Perth, Western Australia, from 1920.  The Battye Library of Western Australian History conducted a taped interview with Harold in 1985 regarding life during those times and within the industry.  Murder, stolen gold, pioneer Perth jeweller- it’s all there. This is a fascinating read and an important part of Western Australia’s history.

If you would like to look through the index of this transcript, it can be found in ARTICLES, LETTERS AND LINKS”