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tmockait

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iconnumber posted 03-03-2006 06:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am trying to identify the maker's mark and approximate date of this German spoon.

This mark bears some resemblance to that for Koch & Bergfeld, but it is by no means a clear match. I am hoping some one with a better reference books can help out. I am also wondering if it is art nouveau.

Thanks for any help,
Tom


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sazikov2000

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iconnumber posted 03-03-2006 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sazikov2000     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is Koch&Bergfeld, Silberwaren und Besteckfabrik, Bremen, Kirchweg 200. The mark is a bit unclear but typical. The pattern was called "Schleifenmuster" (ribbonpattern) and is a mixture between clasicism and art nouveau, en vogue in the 20th and 30th. But I do not know how old your spoon is, I think the pattern is rather timeless and still in use.

Sazikov 2000

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tmockait

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iconnumber posted 03-03-2006 10:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sazkov,

Guten Morgen und wiehlen dank! You are up early, presuming your are in Germany.

I did not mention that the spoon is gold wash, would that help pinpoint the date more precisely? 1920s or 30s seem right.

Tom

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Raf Steel

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iconnumber posted 03-05-2006 03:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Raf Steel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe a little bit earlier? If you look at the style of the engravings, it could be between 1910-1920.
Gilding isn't really a clue for dating, you could get extra gilding on any piece, as long as you were prepared to pay the extra price.

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tmockait

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iconnumber posted 03-05-2006 01:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Raf. Did you mean the monogram engraving or the hallmark?

Tom

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Raf Steel

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iconnumber posted 03-10-2006 07:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Raf Steel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry Tom,

I was offline a bit due to too much work: I meant the owners engraving: most company relied on the so called 'monogram books' which were published by the big publishing houses at the time. They contained samples of monograms in specific styles: antique, modern, etc. Sometimes the 'fonts' were designed by well known artists. The thing is: the books are dated, and the examples were quick to be picked up by silvresmiths who had a 'fashionable' clientèle. When a new book or a new style came in fashion, engravings changed rapidly as well. This only applies to the 1870-1940 period, with every precaution of course: monograms made 'en suite' with the old ones, replacements etc.

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tmockait

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iconnumber posted 03-10-2006 10:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Raf!

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