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efuerst100

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iconnumber posted 12-14-2005 09:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for efuerst100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gianmaria Buccellati produces much of its silver in Bologna at the Clementi factory associated with the Italian mark "1 BO". In general, the company seems to mark its silver pieces with "Gianmaria Buccellati", "925" "1 BO" "M [pressmark] C". Over the past few years, I have found several older (pre-1968)silver pieces simply marked with "1 BO", "M [pressmark] C" and "800". I know that Buccellati has made pieces in 800 silver and, given the other marks, I have wondered whether the pieces are early Buccellati. However, I found one article (in Italian which I translated with a poor computer translator) that seemed to indicate that Buccellati only purchased the Clementi factory in 1984 and that perhaps the factory (or its predecessor) was started by M.H. Wilkens of Bremen, Germany fame. Of course, the pieces I have found do not have the Wilkens' name on them. Any ideas or suggestions for further research?

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efuerst100

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iconnumber posted 01-03-2006 12:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for efuerst100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did some more research on this issue.
I found another small silver collector who believes that Martin Wilkens was the German proprietor of Fabbrica Argenteria Felsinea, which was assumed (in 1917) by Michelangelo Clementi. He said that this takeover was related to WWI.
According to an article I found on-line, Buccellati purchased the Clementi factory in 1984 but used the factory to produce many of its silver pieces beforehand.
Has anyone ever seen any silver items marked Fabbrica Argenteria Felsinea? I'm curious whether any of the patterns match the current Buccellati ones. I've looked at the current Wilkens website and see that a couple of patterns are quite similar to Buccellati's.

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efuerst100

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I posed my question by email to the current Wilkens company in Germany. They just responded stating that Wilkens never owned a factory in Bologna, Italy. The mystery continues!!!

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iconnumber posted 11-17-2007 07:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
LenaF46 Posted in the New Members' Forum on 11-17-2007 03:38 AM
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This is in reply to Wilkens and Buccellati connection?

In 1927, the Bremen company M. H. Wilkens & Söhne AG was financially involved in Michelangelo Clementi & Cie./Casalecchio which was founded in 1912 with Bremen technology and know-how by Wilkens - and the Wilkens' hallmark (silver strike) does prove this.

I did give the same information to the today Bremen Wilkens company as well as to Clementi Fabbrica Argenteria s.r.l..

For further informations on Wilkens company history, please feel free to contact me.


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