Posted 9 months ago
On one of my Saturday market trawls I found this little silver gilt and cloisonné enamel spoon. One of my favourite dealers there is a lady that I pnly know as 'Susan'. Susan arrives with interesting 'smalls' and this one caught my eye. The mark is on the back of the finely cast spoon and is indistinct even with a loupe. What is clear in the photo is "Norway" and with reference to my favourite site for silver I found the mark and another piece from the range: http://www.925-1000.com/david-andersen_marks.html
The other piece mentioned there has English import marks for 1898. David Andersen was founded in the then Christiana (now Oslo) Norway in 1876.
The enamel work is certainly reminiscent of Russian cloisonné enamel silver of the period and I think the Norwegian version imitates a Viking style called "Dragestil".
I wonder if they came in a set of six?