In Indonesia, silversmiths enjoyed high status within the artisan community and received their commissions from the local nobility and upper classes. The silversmiths of Kota Gede, a settlement a few kilometers from Djokjakarta (Jakarta), were particularly famed and served the demands of the Royal Courts. After European colonisation, the status and wealth of their patrons declined, as did the number and value of commissions, significantly impacting demand and threatening the silversmiths’ business viability. In the early 1900s, the Indonesian silver industry was in danger of disappearing until, in 1930, the wife of the Governor of Yogyakarta (Jakarta), Mrs Mary Agnes Gesseler Verschuir-Pownall, regenerated the silver industry by persuading the silver workers to broaden their repertoire to include items which would more directly appeal to the resident colonial administrators and Dutch settlers. Her intervention was successful and through this new direction plus the establishment of workshops and retail outlets the Indonesian silver industry recovered and flourished again.