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From the middle to the end of the nineteenth century copies of old silver, and items designed in an amalgamation of historic styles, satisfied customer demand and preference. Many firms in Europe and in the United States produced this type of silver. Generally speaking, the recognition of reproduction silver does not present a problem since it is marked according to the laws of the country of origin. Contrary to this, the antique silver industry of Hanau chose to mark its output with fantasy marks. It is difficult to say if this was practiced with a clear intent to deceive. But it is strange that the spurious marks somewhat resemble old marks, and are also harmonized with the style of the piece. For example, French rococo style reproductions are marked with French looking marks, German seventeenth century-inspired pieces got German-looking marks, and so on. Furthermore, most Hanau firms chose as company marks styles reminiscent of seventeenth and eighteenth century maker's marks.

Silberwarenfarbik Neresheimer: Hanau, end of 19th century

Mark stamping as practiced in Hanau would have been completely illegal in France or England, or for that matter in any other German city where a guild supervised the marking. But Hanau had a long tradition as a free-trade city.
With the production of "antique silver", Hanau found a market niche, which brought its silver manufacturers enormous prosperity and worldwide reputation. The 'father' of this industry was August Schleissner. The other leading firm of Hanau was Neresheimer, founded in 1890 as a partnership of August and Ludwig Neresheimer with Jean Schlingloff. Right from the start Neresheimer offered a wide range of highly decorative objects like nefs, tankards, coconut and nautilus cups, and other sumptuous sideboard pieces.
Most of the information on this page are obtained from Dorothea Bustyn's articles on ASCAS-Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver- website: www.ASCASonline.org


HANAU SILVER MAKER'S MARKS

Georg Roth & Comp.Silberwaren-Manufaktur: Hanau, end of 19th century Ludwig Neresheimer & Co
Georg Roth & Comp.Silberwaren-Manufaktur: Hanau, end of 19th century hallmarks silver canteen: D&G Sissons 1897: Hanau, end of 19th century hallmark
Ludwig Neresheimer & Co Ludwig Neresheimer & Co Ludwig Neresheimer & Co
Ludwig Neresheimer & Co: Hanau, end of 19th century hallmark Ludwig Neresheimer & Co: Hanau, end of 19th century hallmark


Ludwig Neresheimer & Co: Hanau, end of 19th century hallmark (Berthold Muller English import mark)
Ludwig Neresheimer & Co: Hanau, end of 19th century hallmark



Ludwig Neresheimer & Co: Hanau, end of 19th century hallmark (JS English import mark)
Gebrüder Gutgesell, Hanau Carl Kurz Silberwarenfabrik, Hanau J.D.Schleißner Söhne, Hanau
Gebrüder Gutgesell, Hanau, hallmark Carl Kurz Silberwarenfabrik, Hanau, hallmark J.D.Schleißner Söhne, Hanau, end of 19th century hallmark
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