The Rodd Collection features rare and precious pieces of Hecworth, APEX and Rodd – together in a display of classic refinement of jewellery, electro plated nickel silver (EPNS) silverware and gold-plated cutlery that was produced throughout the factory.
The APEX mark appeared in the mid-1920s. G&E Rodd produced fine tableware, small spoons and dessert forks aimed for High Tea.
In the 1930s, G&E Rodd introduced children’s flatware to their range. Spoons, forks, knives and mugs were the only gift one could give at Christenings, and were extremely popular.
After acquiring A H Wittenbach and Co (medal, badge, die- sinkers and engravers) in 1933, G&E Rodd extended their range to include enamelled trophyware and souvenir spoons.
In May of 1949, Rodd (Australia) merged with Platers Pty Ltd of Hecworth fame – a strategic move gaining the sole rights of the name Hecworth and its silverware designs. Rodd (Australia) now had a comprehensive range of tea sets, salvers and tableware to enhance their extensive range.
From 1903, George Rodd worked as an apprentice jeweller. By 1915, he had completed seven years of working as a jeweller in the employ of Mr Thomas William Briden of 37 Greeves Street, St Kilda.
From the Great Depression of the 1930s through to the pinnacle of the company's success in the 1960s and 1970s, G&E Rodd's range of exquisite electroplated nickel silverware ensured that G&E Rodd would become one of the most iconic Australian brands.
World War II Medals
G&E Rodd were commissioned by the Australian Government to produce military insignia during and immediately following World War II.