Hi! Hope you’re all doing well. While clearing out my grandmothers house, I came across a spoon that I thought looked relatively Russian in design. Turns out, it does seem to be Russian, but I’m really struggling to make out the second hallmark. If anyone has any ideas, they would be greatly appreciated. Design wise, it appears very similar to Gustav Klingert, but I’m 99% sure the hallmark is not a match.
Mart wrote:Hello! Moscow, 1899-1908. At that time, several silversmiths with the initials "НЗ" worked here. The workshop of Nikolai Zverev (Николай Зверев) made products with enamel.
Thanks so much for the information, very interesting! I was wondering if you know more about these kinds of spoons. I’m unsure if this was originally gilt, but the gold colour has disappeared. I can see very faint bits of gold in the crevices hence the question.
Just for the records: It is good to know that according to the Russian law the same maker's mark could not be used by several masters at the same time in the same place. Separating factors must be used in the punch. However, there are similar marks (e.g. initials) used in the same town, but the separating factor is the working period.
Twofatslugs, this type of spoons in catalogs is called "Russian style". They were dessert, tablespoons, teaspoons. If you see the remains of gilding, then it means it was there. The presence of gilding on spoons is not uncommon.
Thanks so much everyone for all the information, it’s been incredibly interesting reading and learning about something that has just been kept in a drawer for tens of years. I’d like to see if I can clean up the black on the back of the spoon as the gilt appears to be coming through after some very light cleaning, but I’ll have to do a lot of research prior so I don’t damage the enamel.