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by DianaGaleM
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Help to identify German forks spoons & broken knife
Replies: 6
Views: 2273

Re: Help to identify German forks spoons & broken knife

The NIROSTA on the blade refers to the maker of the stainless steel blade: ThyssenKrupp. The name applies only to the blade. The handle is silver plate (90).
by DianaGaleM
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Help to identify German forks spoons & broken knife
Replies: 6
Views: 2273

Re: Help to identify German forks spoons & broken knife

This pattern was designed for WMF by Albert Mayer ca. 1905. Before 1913/14 (WWI) it was known as Modell No. 26; after the war, it was re-introduced as Modell No. 1000. The pattern is also known as "Empire," for its neoclassical style. WMF introduced a modernized version, also called, "...
by DianaGaleM
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Request to identify this hollowware by Standard Silver Co Toronto
Replies: 9
Views: 6289

Re: Request to identify this hollowware by Standard Silver Co Toronto

By size and shape, your item is most likely a spoon tray... ~Cheryl That was my first thought because I've seen many of these "spoon baskets" in my collection of vintage WMF catalogs. My question is: how is a spoon tray used? Is it intended simply to carry spoons to the table? To hold spo...
by DianaGaleM
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Unknown marks
Replies: 23
Views: 4662

Re: Unknown marks

Do we have any reference from WMF that actually defines "Alpaca" as their "base metal"? Yes, but they're more likely to call it Neusilber or Argentan. I don't believe I said it was the base metal for everything; it was mostly the base for silver-plated flatware. I have old catal...
by DianaGaleM
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Unknown marks
Replies: 23
Views: 4662

Re: Unknown marks

The style of the bag also indicates the 1920's. These "frame" bags, with cloth or especially beaded "pouches," were very popular with "flappers." Frame bags are popular to this day, but the style of the frame and pouch had changed by the 1930s. Try an online image searc...
by DianaGaleM
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Unknown marks
Replies: 23
Views: 4662

Re: Unknown marks

Just to clarify... Alpaca wasn't the plating medium, it was the base metal. The plating was silver. In the 1906 catalog, the designations were "I/O" (normal thickness) and "O" (50% thicker than normal). By the 1925/26 musterbuch, they were using 40, 60, and 90 to indicate thickne...
by DianaGaleM
Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Unknown marks
Replies: 23
Views: 4662

Re: Unknown marks

Among the vintage WMF catalogs I have (viz., 1898, 1906, 1911, 1925/26, 1938), only the 1925/26 musterbook included handbags.
by DianaGaleM
Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Unknown marks
Replies: 23
Views: 4662

Re: Unknown marks

For much/most of WMF's silver plated (versilbert) flatware, alpaka was the base metal. I'm personally aware of at least one big advantage to using alpaka: when the silver plating starts wearing off, this silverish base metal is not nearly as obvious as brass. I can also personally attest to the fact...
by DianaGaleM
Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Unknown marks
Replies: 23
Views: 4662

Re: Unknown marks

Your handbag appears to be this one from WMF's 1925/26 Musterbuch (pattern book), on page 386:

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by DianaGaleM
Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Unknown marks
Replies: 23
Views: 4662

Re: Unknown marks

"N" stands for "neusilber" (nickel silver), a.k.a., alpaka or alpaca, an alloy of copper, nickel, and sometimes zinc. Alpaka was the base metal for most of WMF silver-plated flatware. "O" stands for silverplating 50% thicker than the normal, "I/O."
by DianaGaleM
Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: WMF patent 90 <18> Garmisch Spoon
Replies: 7
Views: 2872

Re: WMF patent 90 <18> Garmisch Spoon

P.S. During both World Wars, WMF ceased domestic production and switched to military production.
by DianaGaleM
Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: WMF patent 90 <18> Garmisch Spoon
Replies: 7
Views: 2872

Re: WMF patent 90 <18> Garmisch Spoon

As mentioned earlier, WMF Modell No. 2200 was designed in 1930 by Kurt and Albert Mayer. It was in production from 1931 into the 1980s as one of WMF's most popular patterns. The base metal was Alpaka.
by DianaGaleM
Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Can anyone identify this object, please?
Replies: 5
Views: 2001

Re: Can anyone identify this object, please?

Could it be a stopper for some very large jug or pitcher?
by DianaGaleM
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Another Webster Spoon/Lid/Jar Condiment Set
Replies: 4
Views: 2826

Re: Another Webster Spoon/Lid/Jar Condiment Set

I believe the "cut out" on the rim of the glass was not for pouring, but was to allow the lid to sit level with the spoon inside. Most condiment/jam jars have the cut out in the lid. If you search the web on "condiment jar lid spoon," you'll find some, like this one, with the cut...
by DianaGaleM
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: mystery inscription
Replies: 15
Views: 6173

Re: mystery inscription

It looks to me like a "porringer." They were often given as Christening gifts.
by DianaGaleM
Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Cristofle France
Replies: 1
Views: 1218

Re: Cristofle France

This pattern appears on p. 20 of the Christofle (1914) catalog, Couverts et Orfevrerie Argentés, as Modèle No. 5208, "Louis XVI, Rubans Croisés." (It is similar to, but not the same as, Modèle No. 5307, "Louis XVI, Filets & Rubans," on p. 28 of the same catalog.)
by DianaGaleM
Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: vergoldet vs vermeil
Replies: 4
Views: 2136

Re: vergoldet vs vermeil

Interesting. If my memory serves me, methods using mercury aren't even legal anymore, the effects of mercury being so devastating. And to think when I was a child, we used to like to break mercury thermometers, so we could play with the mercury, rolling it around on the palms of our hands. No wonder...
by DianaGaleM
Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:38 am
Forum: General Questions
Topic: vergoldet vs vermeil
Replies: 4
Views: 2136

Re: vergoldet vs vermeil

Thank you for the clarification.
by DianaGaleM
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:33 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: German Silver plated bowl
Replies: 3
Views: 1537

Re: German Silver plated bowl

P.S. WMF didn't start naming their patterns until after WWII. Before then, everything just had Modell numbers.

The "sp on b" is not a WMF mark. It appears to mean, in English, "silver-plate on brass."
by DianaGaleM
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: German Silver plated bowl
Replies: 3
Views: 1537

Re: German Silver plated bowl

I found your piece in WMF's 1937 "Versilberte Metallwaren Musterbuch." It's item #15108 on p. 107: http://20thCenturyRedux.com/WMF/images/WMF_1937_Korbe_15108.jpg In the legend, it's called a "Körbe mit Kugelfüssen," which translates to "basket with ball feet." It's sel...

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