Posted 2 years ago
Patience and persistence are at the heart of all collecting endeavors. I bought the green to clear inkwell because, though unmarked, I recognized it as Czech.
Recently I acquired the pair of London 1903 silver-rimmed vases, which are 7.5" tall and have distinctive square feet. The hallmark contais an s, a lion and a shield. There is an added mark: "J.H.W SON & CO."
Last but not least, from sunny Hawaii came the DL (David Loebl) silver-rimmed open-salt with the same feet as the vases! The hallmark has a small "q" followed by a lion, but I cannot make out the third component.
As it has been established, David Loebl established an glass business which exported pieces from different Czech manufacturers such as Kralik and Rindskopf to England, to be fitted with hallmarked silver marks and his DL imprimatur. However, other British silvermsmiths'
marks were also used. Many of the rims seemed to have been applied rather clumsily, for they are full of dings and bangs, as you can tell from the third picture.
My educated guesses:
1. All of these pieces are Czech in origin.
2. All were made by the same manufacturer.
3. The vases and open salt were exported to London, where they acquired their hallmarked silver rims.