I'm grouping these two recent acquisitions together because they came from the same source and bear identical owner's monograms and the marks are equally confusing to me. One has what appears to be an old Carl M. Cohr mark along with a "TH.J." (Jorgensen seems a bit late) and an "11 LÃ˜DIGT" mark. The other has the mark for I. Ernst and an "S" in a circle (sÃ¸lv?) along with an "11L" mark. Would these maker's marks date to a time period appropriate for the use of the Lod system? Were Lod marks continued after 1893 on lower fineness silver? Thanks for any help in clarifying these marks for me.
Carl M Cohr silverware factory established 1862 in Fredericia.
11 lÃ¸digt and 11Â½, 10 and 10Â½ was accepted from 1813 the state went bankroupht. And coins was produces down to 5 lÃ¸dig. the lower lÃ¸dighed was especially used outside Copenhagen. The lower lÃ¸dighed was accepted, but it was not official. But the lower was tollerated.
When what mark was used - I am not sure of. But 1813 was first the later xxx/1000 was introduced.
Thank you for more information, Hose! Have actually seen the "11 LÃ˜DIGT" with that Cohr mark before and have seen other late 19th century Danish silver with lod marks, but am still pondering on the additional marks on both pieces (do you happen to know when Ernst started?). Bought these not just for the lovely patterns, but because the marks interested me.
That's a great resource, but it only covers marks in use from 1893, when the Act of 5th April, 1888 came into effect, makers who were in business previous to then, appear in the chart with the earliest date of 1893.