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iconnumber posted 05-07-2005 02:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I searched and found a post from a few years ago identifying the Argentor Silver Company of Vienna known for its art nouveau silverplate. There was no photo with that thread. I bought this spoon in Hungary a few weeks ago. The mark is hard to read, but it is the word "Argentor" in a semi-circle around three triangles, two parallel to one another at the base of the semi-circle and the third raised and centered above the other two. The number 20 is to the right of the mark. Any info about the spoon (when it was made) and the company would be greatly appreciated.


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iconnumber posted 05-11-2005 09:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, a bit of research turned up the following answer to my own question that may be of interest to others.

The three triangles are indeed a hallmark of Argentor Werke (silver works). I must assume my spoon is plate since it does not contain required Austrian silver marks.

Argentor Werke seems to have been part of Wiener Werke (Vienna works), a cooperative of sorts for new artists doing Art nouveau, art deco work from 1890 to 1932. Werke artists produced furniture, sculpture, lamps, and metal work. They seem to have fallen on hard times during the interwar period due to the post-WWI collapse of the Austrian economy and the depression.

Argentor Werke appears to have survived through the War, producing of all things military medals for the Wehrmacht (German Army). A new marking system using numbers and letters was developed for these medals.

So my spoon seems to be Austrian Silver plate, 1900-32. Any help narrowing it down further would be greatly appreciated.


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iconnumber posted 06-12-2005 11:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sazikov2000     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some information I found:

ARGENTOR** in a cirkle is the trademark of
Argentor-Werke Rust & Hetzel, Wien VII/62
Kaiserstraße 83

In the years of WWII this firm has the LDO (Liefergemeinschaft der Ordenshersteller = Delivery community of order/medal manufacturers) number112, this was their code number, which was found on the orders and medals.

The firm was active until the 60s.

Sazikov 2000

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iconnumber posted 06-12-2005 06:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Herzliche danke!


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