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Hanau Silver Box - Pseudo Hallmarks, Gebruder Dingeldein     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1370
Period: 19th century
Year: Circa 1868 - 1911
Silversmith: Gebruder Dingeldein
Place: Hanau
Price: $ 390.00
Weight: 69 grams
Dimensions: 6.4 cm*3.4 cm* 2.8 cm
Condition: Excellent. Hinge perfect, closure very tight.

Description: A delightful Hanau silver box, the lid and sides decorated with embossed panels, including bowl of flowers, musical instruments, laurel wreath and claret jug, complete with goblet and grapes. The panels are bordered with a floral leaf design. The interior of the box is gilt. The box has a very clear set of Hanau pseudo hallmarks, which have been described as amongst the "most difficult and confusing area of silver hallmark study", as the marks were never registered and no records exist. The marks include pseudo crowned leopards head (Scheffler 538), pseudo lion passant (Scheffler 540) and pseudo dolphin (Scheffler 534). The small mark is genuine, being the Austro-Hungarian mark for imported articles between 1901 and 1921 (Tardy, pg 75). The mark, which also appears on the lid, has a capital B, indicating the city of Lienz. The Hanau silversmiths specialised in antique reproductions, generally of very good quality, so much so they often exhibited at international expositions. Gebruder Dingeldein was founded in 1868, merged with Karl Kurz around 1911, and closed circa 1925. They had a New York showroom, and 2 of the grandson's of the firms founders became prominent silversmiths in America (www.925-1000.com).
Hanau Silver Box - Pseudo Hallmarks, Gebruder Dingeldein
Antique silver box

Hanau Silver Box - Pseudo Hallmarks, Gebruder Dingeldein
Box showing lid

Hanau Silver Box - Pseudo Hallmarks, Gebruder Dingeldein
Side panel detail

Hanau Silver Box - Pseudo Hallmarks, Gebruder Dingeldein
Gilt interior

Hanau Silver Box - Pseudo Hallmarks, Gebruder Dingeldein
Scale

Hanau Silver Box - Pseudo Hallmarks, Gebruder Dingeldein
Hallmarks base

Hanau Silver Box - Pseudo Hallmarks, Gebruder Dingeldein
Hallmark lid

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