Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Makers' Marks
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Norwegian Silver Maker's Marks II

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Hallmarks have been used in Norway since the sixteenth century. The system included, at various times and in various combinations; city marks, assayer's marks, date letters, date numbers, and maker's marks. The farther a piece was made from the main population centers of Oslo (Christiana), Bergen and Trondheim, the more likely there were to be mark inconsistencies. For centuries, the bureaucracy in control of silver marking seesawed between the Crown and the Silver Guilds, but in 1891, a simplified national system was established that is still in use today.

The current system requires only a silver standard mark accompanied by 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" (Norsk Mønster) are sometimes seen on flatware, this abbreviation is an indication of design patent or copyright.
Below are illustrations of marks used by many of the latter 19th and 20th century silver producers of Norway.

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Norwegian Makers' Mark Menu

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Firm or Maker Maker's Mark Location Comments
Nils Hansen - Oslo Sølvvareverksted nils hansen

Ørje 1909 - 2002
Gustav Hellstrøm hellstrom


Stavanger 1868 - 1957
Kristian M. Hestenes Hestenes

kristian hestenes
Bergen .
O. F. Hjortdahl Hjortdahl Oslo .
Aslak Sørensen Hodne Kristiansand b.1858-d.1936
Aksel Holmsen axel holmsen

Aksel Holmsen
Sandefjord founded 1932
Ivar T. Holth Ivar T. Holth

Ivar Holth Silver
Oslo .
A. Holthe A/S Arendal .
Arnt Hovland Arnt Hovland mark Arendal 1907-1942
Ottar Hval Oslo .
Studio Else & Paul Studio E & P Hughes, Modernist

Hadelund 1959 - c.1982
see link
Finn Jensen fin jensen Oslo .
N. A. Jørgensen> Jorgensen caliper mark Brevik .
Frank & Regine Juhls Juhls

Kautokeino see link
Johan G. Kjaerland J.G.K. - J. G. Kjaerland Bergen (c.1900)
plique a jour enamel specialist
Julie Kvarekvål julie kvarekval Voss .
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Norwegian Makers' Mark Menu

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Related Pages at
World Hallmarks
British Hallmarks Explained
Dutch Hallmarks
German Hallmarks pre-1886
German Hallmarks post-1886
French Hallmarks
Swedish Hallmarks
Finnish Hallmarks
Danish Hallmarks
David-Andersen Marks
Georg Jensen Marks

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