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At the age of twenty, Charles Harris and his family arrived in Western Australia from Birmingham, England in 1921. Charles had been sponsored to come to Western Australia by a Perth jeweller called Levinsons, as he was a skilled ring maker and diamond setter. Harold had completed an apprenticeship as a toolmaker in Birmingham, but had also helped his father manufacture jewellery from their home.
Charles and his son Harold rented a room in Murray St, Perth, where they began melting down their watch chains and making rings. It was during the 1950’s that Harold began to design and make wildflowers in sterling silver to enhance the tops of sugar and tea spoons.
During the 58 years they occupied the same room in Murray St, Harold opened several shops – in Narrogin, and two in Perth’s CBD.
John Harris began helping his father, Harold, at an early age, beginning with melting the scrap and rolling the ingots. Saturday afternoons were spent in the workshop in Como, using the ‘lost wax’ method of casting. After leaving school at the age of 15, John worked as a farmer in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia.
As John’s father was now in his mid-seventies, he discussed the possibility of manufacturing the silverware in Albany, while his father sold the pieces in Perth. John continued to manufacture from his idyllic setting at King George Sound, with his wife and three children.
Whilst the business was flourishing, John decided to enter into ‘full-time ministry’ at his church. So, under instruction from John, his friend Paul Morgan took over the business creating the now famous ‘Harris & Son’ brand of silverware. Paul moved to Queensland in 2006, so John’s son Cameron began to manufacture the products, again under John’s supervision. Sadly Cameron contracted a rare form of cancer called Multiple Myeloma and passed away in 2011. It was during this time that John and his wife relocated to York, where John manufactures the silverware today.
Aspects stocks Harris and Son Silver’s range of silverware and jewellery.
Made in Western Australia.