Scotrab wrote:Hello Essexboy,
... The maker is most likely Carl Heinrich Dengel (W. Scheffler, Die Goldschmiede Ostpreussens, p. 222, no. 357). ...
Bahner wrote:Hello, some afterthoughts.
If I get this right there is no Koenigsberg city mark on this spoon (nor date letter) and the presumed maker's mark HD so far is unrecorded for Koenigsberg.
A maker's mark struck twice, often in combination with the assayer's zigzag line and a 12 for the fineness is quite typical for a different European region, that of SÃ¶nderjylland / Schleswig, a region that today embraces parts of southwestern Danmark and northwestern Germany. Here we often have (in the 19th century) a maker's mark struck twice, an assayers's line but no city mark (and so far I have not heard of a convincing explanation why this is so).
There is a silversmith in that region whose working dates fit the dating of the engraving on this particular spoon: Hans F. Detlefsen, b. 1820, d. 1884. One of his marks is a "HD" and this looks a lot like the HD here. I rather believe that he is the maker of this spoon. That the engraving points at Koenigsberg is no contradiction. Spoons - as ships - may travel widely.
Best wishes, Bahner
("Schiffs-MÃ¤ckler", in modern German: Schiffs-Makler, is a dispatcher, not a chandler)
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