I really enjoy rare European marks.Six tea spoons bought for research purposes.Maker Ð‘ÐžÐ“Ð”ÐÐÐžÐ’Ð˜Ðª and 13 Loths. Does not look Russian; more probably provincial Austria — Hungary, but this 13 Loth mark is not registered anywhere. Looks like a cross with four C.Another mark — an eagle’s head? with A. Did the maker make his own 13 Loth mark? Where?
Searched further; the only letter in Cyrillic similar to K at the end is Ð‹ in Serbian alphabet! The next clue was Trev`s help with Garrard frame and Serbian coat of arms; the same cross and four letters C, or whatever. Then in Tardy page 373 ``Serbie importation``: the mark with A is lion’s head actually (1882-1919). It must be that: rare find. Most probably the maker imported spoons from Austria- Hungary, paid duty and used his own mark. Thank you again; you helped a lot excluding Russian Ðª.
Hello AG2012 and agphile. I think, I found the solution for this question. I found a tea spoon, and the guild mark is very similar to these. It's Beograd, and as we can see, it's a different master, Jovan Nikolits. x I hope, it helps! Best Regards! KrisztiÃ¡n
There is distinctive â€šâ€š13â€šâ€š loth. They must have been apprentices in Austria-Hungary Empire and returned back or opened workshops after the Turks had left.I would say it`s close to mid 19th. century or a few decades later. There was obviously no legislation where they worked at the time so they used marks incorporating both Austria-Hungary standard and other marks the way they found appropriate.It may not be too important for the rest of Europe but it shows the influence of well legislated Hungarian empire (not only with silver) in almost every aspect of civilized and well organized society (silversmith guilds included).
Hello AG2012! There is a distinctive 13 lot marking, but the principles of the marks is the same. I think, that you agree with me, that mutation in the hallmark could happen between any decade. I have several examples from the Austrian-Hungarian empire, as the german areas too! Best regards! KrisztiÃ¡n
The spoon on the left is made by Michael Dietrich in the Pest silversmith Guild. I believe it to you, that wasn't silversmith guild in Belgrade, but the hallmark shows obviously the simbols of the coat of arms of Belgrade. The only reason, that I can imagine, that the makers made there these spoons. Best regards! Krisztián
Hello again, This is the page from Tardy to compare lion`s head import mark. They obviously imported spoons from Hungary and marked them with their own fantasy marks, combining domestic coat of arms with 13 loth familiar to them.