Silver hallmarks have been used in Norway since the sixteenth century. In 1891 a national system was established that is still in use today. The current system requires only a silver standard mark accompanied by a makers mark. The old Norwegian standard of .830 silver purity is still used but beginning about 1920, the .925 silver purity began replacing it and is now the foremost standard used. The letters NM are sometimes seen on flatware, the abbreviation is an indication of a design patent or copyright.
The Magnus Aase Silver Company was located in Bergen, Norway from 1876-1953 when it was acquired by the T. Olsens Eftf Silver Company. This beautiful pair of spoons, circa 1930's-1940's, are called round bowl cream soup spoons, but because of their large size would be perfect as smaller size serving spoons. The reticulated handle exhibits a plant or flower motif. They measure 7" in length and weigh 2.23 and 2.30 ounces. One is stamped 830 S (MA Hallmark) NM; the other is stamped 830 S (MA Hallmark) NM & M. Sunde, the name of the silversmith. There are no damages, wonderful pair of spoons.