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Dobba

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iconnumber posted 02-24-2008 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dobba     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have recently acquired a pierced sterling silver spoon which has stamped on the back "Theo Olsens Eftf". I have an idea that Olsens is a Jewellery store in Bergen but can anyone tell me is Olsens is the actual silversmith?

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iconnumber posted 02-24-2008 05:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for silverhunter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello Dobba,

Theo Olsens was and is still of one of the important silver/gold smith producers in Bergen, his relative still running the business in Bergen.

Is it possible to send a photo with your topic so we can see which pattern it's concern. The current system requires in Norway only a silver standard mark and a maker's mark. The old Norwegian standard of .830 purity silver is still used, but beginning around 1920 .925 purity began replacing it and is now the foremost standard in use.Town names are sometimes included with the required marks and the letters "NM"(Nørsk Monster) are sometimes seen on flatware, they are an indication of patent or copyright. The Theodor Olsen worked in Bergen from 1893-1937. One of my pieces has TO initials and perhaps is it family related but than around 1870.

There are more important names in Bergen like Magnus Aase, Brødrene (brothers) Lohne I've learned that from another member, Marius Hammer and in the 17th century Bergen was the important silver trade city of Norway. The "rose" pattern is one still one of the most popular reproduced silver flatware in Norway. The firm Theodor Olsens Eftf brings still a lot of different patterns nowadays. I believe that some patterns will reproduced by other firms in Norway after paying the producing rights. I hope I have explained some things and I hope you can show some more of the Norsk Sølv bestikk at your side(if it's possible of course?) And perhaps you can explain which silver objects you prefer to collect.

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Dobba

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iconnumber posted 02-25-2008 06:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dobba     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Silverhunter. The spoon is just one I happen to have acquired and unfortunately, I have no "Silver collection" of my own. Your reply was very helpfull and I am most obliged.
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Dobba.

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