Russian silver spoon - Stefan Wäkevä?

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Russian silver spoon - Stefan Wäkevä?

Postby Tat » Sun Apr 19, 2020 3:43 am

A few months ago I bought a silver spoon. The silver Serving Spoon By Gustav Akerblom, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1852. The top of the handle is engraved with monogrammed initials - WS. I'm trying to recognize the hallmark WS. I'm suspect that it belongs to Stephen Wäkevä but didn't find a picture that matches my spoon (attache link). I will be very grateful to those who help me.

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Re: Russian silver spoon - Stefan Wäkevä?

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Re: Russian silver spoon - Stefan Wäkevä?

Postby Tat » Sun Apr 19, 2020 3:59 am

how can I upload a pictures? thank.

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Re: Russian silver spoon - Stefan Wäkevä?

Postby Tat » Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:11 am

[quote="Tat"]A few months ago I bought a silver spoon. The silver Serving Spoon By Gustav Akerblom, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1852. The top of the handle is engraved with monogrammed initials - WS. I'm trying to recognize the hallmark WS. I'm suspect that it belongs to Stephen Wäkevä but didn't find a picture that matches my spoon (attache link). I will be very grateful to those who help me.

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Re: Russian silver spoon - Stefan Wäkevä?

Postby dognose » Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:23 am

Hi,

The 'WS' is not a hallmark, but the engraved initials of a former owner of the spoon.

We need to see an image of the marks for further information.

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Re: Russian silver spoon - Stefan Wäkevä?

Postby Tat » Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:57 am

thank you very much.

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Re: Russian silver spoon - Stefan Wäkevä?

Postby Tat » Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:58 am

I'm looking for the owner of the spoon

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Re: Russian silver spoon - Stefan Wäkevä?

Postby AG2012 » Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:28 am

Hi,
No confusion with maker`s G.O. initials for Åkerblom family name.I think,being in Russia,he conformed with phonetic transcription of swedish sound Å which is pronounced as O (either short or long).
In regard of searching for the owner based on engraved monogram it is an impossible task unless there is clear link to the family, i.e. the reliable provenance (not to be confused with ``I was told by the neighbors of hairdresser who attended the immigrants from Russia whose silver was sold in garage sale twenty years ago``).

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Re: Russian silver spoon - Stefan Wäkevä?

Postby Tat » Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:47 am

thank you for your reply. as to the maker, you right. indeed the maker is Akerblom.
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still, looking to find the owner. can it belong to Stefan Wäkevä who was a Finnish silversmith, and a Fabergé workmaster?

from Wikipedia: Born 4 November in Väkevälä village Säkkijärvi in the Viipuri Province of the Grand Duchy of Finland in 1833. Apprentice in St. Petersburg at the workshop of silversmith Olof Fredrik Wennerström in 1843. Journeyman at the age of fourteen in 1847. Master in 1856. Wäkevä's workshop at 41 of the fifth of Roždestvenskaya (Sovetskaya) Street supplied Fabergé with silverware, mostly tea-services, tankards and punch bowls.

Stefan Wäkevä's hallmark was the letters S.W in a circle. His two sons (Alexander Wäkevä and Konstantin Wäkevä) also worked for Fabergé, taking over his father's workshop at his death in 1910.

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Re: Russian silver spoon - Stefan Wäkevä?

Postby Tat » Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:56 am

is there a way to recognize engraved initials, the monogram?
thanks again

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Re: Russian silver spoon - Stefan Wäkevä?

Postby AG2012 » Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:21 am

Hi,
There was a discussion in regard of a Polish nobility coat of arms here:
viewtopic.php?f=46&t=55989

The point was that a single coat of arm can refer to hundreds of families.
And with a simple monogram there are literally millions possibilities who might be the owner;one should know what's possible and what`s doomed even before the search started.Besides,enthusiasm is not a method of judgement;why SW should be for Wäkevä ?
There are more Finnish family names to choose from:
Waara,Wainio,Waisanen,Walli,Wallo,Waltari,Weilin,Wiita,Wiitala,Wirkkala,Wirta,Wirtanen,Wuori,Wuorinen.
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Re: Russian silver spoon - Stefan Wäkevä?

Postby Tat » Sun Apr 19, 2020 11:12 am

I thought according to Wikipedia that the engraved initial is the hallmark (actually it is the only monogram). I was wrong. The spoon is bought by one of my family members only because of her beauty. I was very curious to find out the history of her. thank you very much for your answer.

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Re: Russian silver spoon - Stefan Wäkevä?

Postby Goldstein » Sun Apr 19, 2020 1:00 pm

Spoons of Gustav Okerblom are not very rare!
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