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iconnumber posted 06-28-2005 06:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carlaz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I just thought I would share an interesting Georg Jensen hallmark that I came across. I have not been able to find it represented in any literature but it I do feel it is a correct mark. The hallmark was on a set of Georg Jensen sterling lobster picks.

Any thoughts or ideas of its origin?

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 07-12-2005 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
During WWII, the NY Jensen retail store was unable to get enough supply from Denmark. So a new company, "Georg Jensen USA," was established. They produced silver items in a style similar to Jensen. A lot of dealers do not realize that anything with this mark is American silver, and is only nominally related to the Denmark firm. The quality and design are not as fine. That is why GJ USA items are not as valuable as the real GJ items from Denmark.

In fact, the real Georg Jensen firm denied any association with the products of GJ USA. So in about 1945, a special mark was put on everything from the Danish manufactory. That is the mark you have pictured. It was only in use for about 5 or 6 years. It is a nice mark to find because it pins the date of a piece down far better than just the post-1945 dotted oval mark.

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iconnumber posted 07-12-2005 01:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carlaz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
thank you for the quick and very informative reply! Yet another great silver tidbit!

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Ulysses Dietz

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iconnumber posted 07-15-2005 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Georg Jensen USA was in fact the New York store, strapped for product during WWII (1943-48) commissioning various New York area silversmiths (William DeMatteo, Alphonse LaPaglia, Trinac) to produce "Jensen sympathetic" silver to sell in the NY store. The designs were not Jensen, but coordinated with the Jensen look. Quality did vary, but often the designs are very good. Frankly, Jensen buffs sneer at Jensen USA stuff more out of snobbery than anything else. I have seen studio-made pieces by LaPaglia and DeMatteo that are just as good, technically, as anything Jensen made.

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Richard Kurtzman

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iconnumber posted 07-15-2005 04:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While they do not command the prices of Jensen, there is stong demand for LaPaglia and DeMatteo pieces. The demand for quality 20th century modernist silver in general is strong and growing.

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