Hello, I could have a fork from the same NDL shipping line as “Traintime”. Sadly the original images in the post have gone so no comparisons by eye are possible.
I believe though mine may be a bit older than “Traintime’s” example as there does not appear to be an obvious electroplate numerical value indicated. Also mine has the “Wilkens” company, as referred to by Bahner, as maker. I tried to research this particular maker but “Wilkens & Sons” seem to be getting in the way. I know “Wilkens” of Bremen started in the 1830’s and no doubt there were Sons but it makes dating my item difficult. I referenced NDL as starting in 1857 so does that mean my fork is from 1860, 1890, 1920 or 1940. I know that appears silly but my fork only has an indistinct worn figural mark to go with “Wilkens”. Can anyone on the forum supply a bit more substance to the Wilkens of Bremen electroplating concern? The forum does have plenty of posts referencing Wilkens (and Koch&Bergfeld, Traintime’s fork maker) as silversmiths but much less about electroplate items.
I have added the 2nd image of some electroplate marks that I found while researching my fork. Are these an earlier set of marks for Koch & Bergfeld?
Just like my fork we have no numerical electroplate value indicated but we do see a “K&B” in gothic style plus an “anchor” in a shield. Does anyone know what is written above the “anchor” in the pictorial mark? Also are there any ideas for the numbers shown in the pictures of the 2 “older” sets of marks? My fork has a 7 on while the K&B marked item, has 27 and a half on.
Sorry a final question, “Bahner“ called the pattern “Lloyd”, was that the actual name for that style of the fork? Hope the images are of interest and Wilkens can be miss-spelt Wilkins.