Disambiguation of Kobayashi Silversmiths
A recent post in the Far East section has brought to light yet another Kobayashi making or marketing silver in Japan in the first half of the 20th century:viewtopic.php?f=13&t=41706
In this recent post, the mark is that of D. Kobayashi, who had two Clock and Jewelry Shops, both in Tokyo, one in Kyobashi, the other in Ginza 4-chome. His company's mark was the roman letter D. K. inside a diamond, and his maker's mark was in kanji.
From a few items examined, one in its original box, it would appear this D. Kobayashi was active in the 1930s, but his exact dates are to be determined.
According to a newspaper article listing the most common Japanese surnames, Kobayashi numbers ninth, so the many silversmithing Kobayashis may or may not have been related. In addition to D. Kobayashi, there are already listed in these Contributors' notes a Zenbei Kobayashi and a Shoichiro Kobayashi. Shoichiro had his shop in Kyobashi, so it is not unreasonable to suppose that D. Kobayashi was his son or his disciple.
Furthermore, there were at least two more Kobayashis working in silver, one named Shoun and the other, the much celebrated Kako. Both were active in the early 20th century.
To briefly recapitulate, with very approximate dates:
D. Kobayashi (Tokyo, 1930s)
Kako Kobayashi (presumed Tokyo, 1900-1920)
Shoichiro Kobayashi (Tokyo, 1890s)
Shoun Kobayashi (place unknown, active ca 1900s-1930s)
Zenbei Kobayashi (Tokyo, 1900s)
No doubt other silversmithing Kobayashis will come to light.