Who is 'GK' the maker of this little dish?

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Who is 'GK' the maker of this little dish?

Postby SilverK » Thu Nov 05, 2020 4:24 pm

This small silver dish looks to be 20th century with a typical Chinese/Hong Kong design, but I can't identify a Chinese maker 'GK'. In some ways the marks look American, but of course the design would argue against that.

I would grateful if anybody could help identify the maker.

Regards,

Silverk.

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Re: Who is 'GK' the maker of this little dish?

Postby dognose » Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:21 pm

Hi SilverK,

I'm sure I have a note of this somewhere, I'm certain it's Indian.

I'll try and find it.

Trev.

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Re: Who is 'GK' the maker of this little dish?

Postby dognose » Thu Nov 05, 2020 6:25 pm

No luck so far, but check out the mark of Warner Brothers of Delhi:

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See: viewtopic.php?f=38&t=28477&p=177940&hilit=warner#p177940

Perhaps a connection?

Trev.

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Re: Who is 'GK' the maker of this little dish?

Postby SilverK » Thu Nov 05, 2020 6:40 pm

That's looking promising, thanks Trev. I've been searching as well after you mentioned India, with no success so far.

If after a while there's no definitive answer I will contact an expert on Indian silver I know.

Silverk.

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Re: Who is 'GK' the maker of this little dish?

Postby dognose » Thu Nov 05, 2020 6:44 pm

I've only been able to find another image of the mark:

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Re: Who is 'GK' the maker of this little dish?

Postby SilverK » Thu Nov 05, 2020 6:46 pm

How tantalizing and frustrating!

Was that the one you remembered?

Silverk

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Re: Who is 'GK' the maker of this little dish?

Postby dognose » Fri Nov 06, 2020 4:33 am

I'm really not sure. I'll keep searching.

Trev.

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Re: Who is 'GK' the maker of this little dish?

Postby SilverK » Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:20 pm

I've spoken with my contact outside of the forum. He has confirmed it was made in Delhi during the 1920s, but cannot identify the maker. He also tells me that this is in the aesthetic style, in the manner of Dr Christopher Dresser. I couldn't have been more wrong about location and style!

Definitely some new learning for me!

Thanks for your attempts to find the maker. It is very much appreciated.

Silverk.

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Re: Who is 'GK' the maker of this little dish?

Postby dognose » Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:34 am

Another example of the mark:

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Trev.

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Re: Who is 'GK' the maker of this little dish?

Postby SilverK » Thu Nov 12, 2020 4:06 pm

Thanks Trev for persevering on this!

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Re: Who is 'GK' the maker of this little dish?

Postby dognose » Fri Nov 13, 2020 4:40 am

I find a note of a firm of metalworkers, G. Karenjee & Sons of Aligarh, near Delhi, who were working in this period. They were noted as supplying cap badges to units of the British Army stationed near there.

Offered only as a route for further research.

Trev.

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Re: Who is 'GK' the maker of this little dish?

Postby SilverK » Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:42 am

Thanks very much Trev for this further info. I will see whether this takes me any further.

Regards,

Silverk.


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