Old/new hallmarks - silver spoon date/country?

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Old/new hallmarks - silver spoon date/country?

Postby emilgaigns » Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:23 am

This spoon is interesting, it has old and new hallmarks, can anyone tell me when and where was it made? Any opinion is greatly appreciated as always. Thanks!

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AG2012
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Re: Old/new hallmarks - silver spoon date/country?

Postby AG2012 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:00 pm

Hi,
The spoon was imported to Chester in 1918 by Boaz Moses Landeck of Campden Square, London.
From left to right:
Import mark for Chester 1904-1962, .925 fineness, date letter ``s`` for 1918.
Above: sponsor`s mark (importer), initials B.M.L.
The maker could be a silversmith in Hanau Germany, or Netherlands.
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Re: Old/new hallmarks - silver spoon date/country?

Postby AG2012 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:07 pm

It`s Dutch:
Key mark upon lion, for details see here under ``L``
http://www.925-1000.com/Fnetherlands_Date_Code.html

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Re: Old/new hallmarks - silver spoon date/country?

Postby oel » Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:09 pm

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Silver Cream Spoon made/imported 1918.

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Hi, Dutch cream spoon. Maker's mark N2 for; B. Dijkstra better known as the Firm brothers Niekerk, registered in Groningen 1899 till 1927 and in Schoonhoven till 1970. The firm of brothers Niekerk used so called pseudo/fantasy marks to avoid Foreign import duty. Pseudo old marks & fantasy marks were used for competitive reasons, the high demand for antique silver at home and abroad, silver being old & handmade in the traditional way. The import regulations in the UK and US; antique silver could be imported at a lower rate of duty compared to modern silver. The British importers know the silver items are not old and do sell it at such; being curios cabinet items.
See:
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=28590#p71003
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=28590#p116738
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For Dutch hallmarks see:

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=32028

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Re: Old/new hallmarks - silver spoon date/country?

Postby emilgaigns » Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:55 am

You guys are awesome. Thank you so much!


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