Silver jardiniere with a crystal insert, with an oval base with four legs in the form of rocaill patterns. On the narrower sides, handles in the form of a pair of dolphin heads in the mouth supporting an engraved, turned handle. The whole is decorated with acanthus leaves and heart-shaped shells, and on the top with geometric patterns. On the front and back there are plaques in a similar tone, engraved, with children’s heads at the top and a polished area for a monogram. Glass with slight nicks on the crown.
Danish mark from 1887, silver 828, the weight of the silver is 1088 grams, stamp of Danish master Simon Groth (active in 1863-1904), side applications also silver with Koch and Bergfeld from Bremen marks, Germany.
Product probably made in Denmark, then supplemented with applications and glass in Germany.
Koch & Bergfeld is one of the world’s oldest producers of silverware still in operation: since 1829 silversmiths from Bremen have unflaggingly manufactured cutlery, silverware, championship cups and plaques for lovers of silver on five continents. They include the world’s first royal houses, well-known merchants, large companies, governments – not to mention collectors and many people who just like dining off silver…
Over 300,000 different designs – including more than 15,000 different pieces of cutlery from a good 350 models in total – produced by the firm’s so-called “Design Office” are all recorded in books, filed as drawings or even kept in safe storage as prototypes.
During its lengthy tradition, spanning parts of three centuries, the company has made many changes to its logo. On the right you can see a number of “hallmarks” (signs of authenticity stamped onto each piece) together with the periods of time when they would have been used, as found on old silverware made by Koch & Bergfeld.
First of all, there are the hallmarks of the company founder Gottfried Koch, who was the designer of the two cutlery models “Spaten” and “Altfaden”. The “Pedestal Vase” and “Bremen Key” hallmarks are particularly striking.
We should also include an explanation about the figure appearing with a hallmark, indicating the amount of silver contained in each piece. This starts at “90” for 90 gr. silverplating, through “150” to “925” – for the sterling silver which is used almost exclusively today.
In addition, there are also the symbols of a “Half-Moon” for silver and a “Crown” for Germany as the country of production.
16 x 50 x 31 cm