Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Makers' Marks
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Silver Marks ~ Germany ~ After 1886

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In 1884 a law was enacted making .800 the minimum national standard for silver in Germany. In 1886 the use of individual city marks was abolished and replaced by the national mark (reichsmark) of a crescent moon & crown mark (Halbmond und Krone) representing the entire German state. These marks became compulsory by 1888.
The crown & crescent moon are used in conjunction with a maker's mark and a decimal silver standard mark.

Common silver standards are .800 & .835 __ .830, .900, .925 and .935 purities are also used.

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German Makers' Marks ~ After 1886

A - B     B - F     F - H     H - K     K - K     L - M     M - R     R - S     S - W     W - Z     Unidentified
German
Hallmarks

Pre-1886


Robert Altermann
Görlitz
active 1879-1927
Josef Arnold
Hamburg
(1884-1960) active in his own workshop from 1931

influential teacher and craftsman
Auerhahn
Altensteig
active from 1951

successor to Karl Kaltenbach & Söhne, also absorbed the Otto Kaltenbach firm in 1967. Currently Auerhahn is a division of WMF.




Franz Bahner
Düsseldorf
1 & 2. Mark used 1895 - 1917
3. Mark used from 1917 until closure in 1962.
The firm name remained Franz Bahner, although the company had been acquired by Mansfelder Silber and the mark changed to "MS"
Hermann Bauer
Schwäbisch Gmünd
founded 1863
Karl Johann Bauer
Munich
(b.1877-d.1914)
jeweler working in the Jugendstil style, also used a 'KJB in beaded oval' mark
Johann Beck
Schwäbisch Gmünd
founded ?
acquired by Gayer & Krauss c.1968
Hermann Behrnd
Dresden
founded 1881
Fritz Bemberg
Pforzheim
Active ca.1900 - 1940
Wilhelm Binder
Schwäbisch Gmünd
founded 1869

vintage advertisement
Albert Bodemer
Ellmendingen-Keltern
active from c.1950
Hugo Böhm
Schwäbisch Gmünd
founded 1887

vintage advertisement
Otto Bortenreuter
Dresden
active c.1900 - c.1940




Breidenstein & Renaud
Frankfurt
1889 - c.1920s
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German Hallmarks before-1886
Hanau Pseudo-Marks
Hamburg Makers' Marks
World Hallmarks
British Hallmarks Explained
Dutch Hallmarks
French Hallmarks
Austrian Hallmarks
Swedish Hallmarks
Finnish Hallmarks
Norwegian Makers
David-Andersen Marks
Georg Jensen Marks
Mexican Silver Marks

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