At an auktion in Sweden I bought 2 spoons describes as "proberly captains spoons". What is proberly? is it equal to "I whish they where" - whishfull dreams or does it contain an amount of proberbility?
I asked the auktionhouse and they said - info from seller and he was a collector. Now he might have had info from origin - in that case it has gone today.
On the other hand - what is the proberbility that a swede buyes 2 different spoons from 2 different makers - in KÃ¶nigsberg - and return to Sweden. He could be a export seller or he could be a diplomate (but they buy a set not 2 single spoons) Both spoons carry the initials (prik engraved) ACB
Marks from 2 differnt makers Y=1841 and B=1844. The spoons are 21,5 cm and 34 gram & 23,0cm and 36 gram so they dont realy fit.
I have search the spoons for trace of older engraving and on one of two spoons remains from engraving is visible. It will never be read - do damaged. Someone have done work to remove.
If we could establish a list of shipping companies and their relationship to silversmith - like Riga SchrÃ¶der relationship to Christoph Barthold Knuth and in 1832 SchrÃ¶der works with Georg Michael Vendt activ 1805 to 1854.
The question does Thun or C. Zimmerman work with shipping?
Is that the case, then the theory is supported. (but still speculation).