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Can you help me idetify this caddy spoon?

Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:51 am
by swiftie
I have a caddy spoon which I'd like some help identifying. I may have bought it in Holland (I worked there for some years) but I can't be sure. It looks Dutch to me. I've trawled around the internet to identify the hallmarks without success.

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Help would be much appreciated.

Re: Can you help me idetify this caddy spoon?

Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:09 pm
by Sasropakis
B.H.M is for Berthold Hermann Muller (London) and the hallmarks on the last photo are British import marks; round cross like mark is for London, 925 if for the finess and "q" is for the year 1911. I don't know about the "n" and the lion (?) though. They might be for the original manufacturer.

https://www.925-1000.com/importmarks.html
https://www.silvermakersmarks.co.uk/Mak ... BI.html#BH

Re: Can you help me idetify this caddy spoon?

Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:21 pm
by Sasropakis
The "n" and the lion look similar to the Hanau pseudo hallmarks of B. Neresheimer & Söhne: https://www.925-1000.com/Fgerman_hanau_marks_01.html
So it's probably made in Germany and the imported to London.

Re: Can you help me idetify this caddy spoon?

Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:13 pm
by swiftie
Thanks, great knowledge! The "n" and the lion certainly look to fit as suggested.

Can I assume the "BHM" on the first photo is the importer putting his stamp alongside the original hallmarks? Why would he do this?

Re: Can you help me idetify this caddy spoon?

Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:35 pm
by silvermakersmarks
It was a legal requirement that all silver imported into Britain be hallmarked before being "exposed for sale". As part of the hallmarking process a sponsor's mark was also required. The sponsor is the person or company responsible for the piece. We often lazily use the term "maker's mark" instead of "sponsor's mark" but sponsor covers maker, importer or, in some cases, retailer.

Phil