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iconnumber posted 08-23-2014 03:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for joyechizek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just received my grandmother's silver 32 piece demitasse set. I took photos of it and the marks but cannot seem to figure out how to post them. I have looked but can find nothing that looks anything like it. It has assay and makers marks; The maker appears to be BF in an oval punch. The assay marks are a dog's head in a pentagon on the crest, pentagon shaped Diana on pot, sugar and tongs and a clover shaped Diana head on combined saucer/cupinsert. The crest has a crown with a five pointed crown with very tall prongs topped with five round circles. Beneath are the intertwined initials of I, H with a large K. This is probably Austro-Hungarian from 1867-1872. Don't know who BF is.

My grandmother was born in Nagy Borzsony, Hungary in 1880. Her parents were Yoh and Roselle (maiden name Gehmaher born in Worrshadt, Germany). My grandmother married Harkas Ferencz in 1904 in Budapest. He died in 1910. My grandmother married my grandfather in Chicago, IL, USA in 1911. My grandmother, aunt and cousin took the Queen Mary to Hungary in 1947 to retrieve this set and claimed it was her inheritance. There was talk that her first husband's family were noble in some way.

This is all I know but hope someone can tell me more about the origin and style of this set as I can find nothing as primitive, hand-hammered with twisted silver wires on every piece including the lily pad shaped saucers attached to the cup holders and the twig- like silver handles on all the pieces. Is this secession or art nouveau? Does anyone know anything about this? Thank you. Joye

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