'R Shott's Make' Tags; Unknown; 1907 - 1920; NTTUS0406


National Trust of Australia (Tasmania)


'R Shott's Make' Tags

About this object

Four rectangular, cream coloured tags advertising R. Shott's Make'. The tags have black lettering printed on cream card. ONe tag has a loop of pink cotton threaded through a hole at one end of the tag.. Various prices are handwritten in pencil on the back of all tags.

R. Shott refers to Robert Walter Shott (1858-1935)



Date Made

1907 - 1920

Place Made


Medium and Materials

Card, cotton

Inscription and Marks



45 (h) x 26 (w) mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Shott & Son

Subject and Association Description

R. Shott & Son was established in Launceston, Tasmania in 1907. Three generations of the Shott family made and repaired umbrellas and in later years produced wood souvenirs on the premises.

Robert Walter Shott (1858-1935) was born in England in 1858. After living in New Zealand he emigrated to Melbourne in the late 1880s and established an umbrella shop in St Kilda. He later moved to Tasmania, where he opened another umbrella shop at 64 George Street, Launceston. In 1920 the business moved to 60 George Street.

Robert's son Robert William Shott (1899-1964) joined the business in the 1920s and built upon his father’s reputation for highly skilled workmanship. Shott & Son began selling and eventually making their own Tasmanian blackwood souvenirs. Many of these were marked with a round paper label on the base, and a small silver map of Tasmania on the side.

Robert's son, John William Robert (1925-1978) joined the family business in the 1940s. John trained in French polishing and became an expert machinist, while his sister Dare provided valuable assistance repairing and sewing decorative motifs onto umbrellas. Every civic guest to Launceston after World War Two was said to have been presented with a handmade wood souvenir from Shott & Son.

Shott and Son Tasmanian souvenirs replaced souvenir ware previously imported from Europe, particularly ceramics wares emblazoned with transfers of local scenes. Shott & Son’s affordable range included every day products such as eggcups, ashtrays and napkin rings and more decorative items such as clocks, walking sticks and presentation boxes. Over 70 different types of items have been identified as produced by Shott and Son over a 40 year period.

Shott & Son utilised predominantly locally sourced Tasmanian blackwood but also other native timbers. Visitors to Launceston were encouraged by printed tour guides to visit the premises. The business was well known for its distinct Tasmanian blackwood fittings, felt covered counter and scenic tromp l'oeils, as much as its workmanship.


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