As many of you who follow my enamel items already know, Marius Hammer is the premier Norwegian enamelist (1847-1927). His works are revered and on par with many of his more reknowned contemporaries who included Louis Comfort Tiffany, Carl Faberge, Georg Jensen, and David Andersen. Those people and their companies produced similar wares made of sterling (or higher grade) silver and often the pieces were embellished with difficult- to-execute guilloche enamel work or even plique-a-jour work. Marius Hammer's works, while less well known perhaps, can still be found in the open marketplace at 'affordable' prices when compared to Tiffany, Jensen, or Faberge.
This offering is for a flawed set of jewel-tone enamelled demitasse spoons. Here you have the luxury to contemplate their beauty and their value. We didn't. We spotted them at an online site and although we had asked and received a condition report we were deceived to believe that they were all in excellent condition. It wasn't until we unpacked the set that we saw that they were far from the condition stated. Needless to say, we no longer do business with that site (without naming names, they are located in Pennsylvania). There is good news though!
The good news is that several of the spoons ARE in excellent condition. (please note that there are no flaws to any of the enamelled backs of the bowls of the spoons - only to the handles). Four are in excellent condition with no flaws to the enamel. Four are in very good condition with only minor flaws to the enamel. The remaining four are in poor condition with obvious damage to the enamel. The presentation box is scuffed on the outside and the cloth hinge on the inside is torn.
One of the photos shows 4 red stars by the bottom of the spoons - the stars indicate the 4 spoons that are in excellent condition. The green, 2 lavenders, and one other turquoise blue one (not in the photo), are the ones with very minor flaws to the enamel. The other 4 are only shown in the boxed photo.
All are monogrammed with the same Old English style letter that we can't figure out - it looks to be a letter 'G' or an 'H'. All are hallmarked with the Marius Hammer hallmark (letter 'M' with a hammer intersecting the 'V' of the letter 'M') and 930S for the higher than sterling standard (930 parts out of 1000 pure silver content).
The spoons measure 3 3/4". The decoration on the backs of the spoons are a highly sought after feature of Hammer's tableware items. Like a ring of white pearls around a gem stone!
It is fortunate that the best of the group - the two dark red ones and two of the blues (one a royal electric blue an the other more of a turquoise) are the ones in excellent condition. Those colors have been known to sell for $100 and even higher. We have also assigned a value to the other 4 that are in good condition but NO monetary value to the 4 with very damaged enamel. This group of 8 spoons are highly useable or displayable.
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