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    Posted 11 years ago

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    I went through the list of Danish Silversmiths and was able to find something similar to the initial stamped on the base of this item. The list showed JThS but the mark on this item is a J with a th inter-twined and a separate S. I imagine it could be the mark of Jorgen Th Steffenson of Randers, Denmark in 1972-1976.
    I am also really wondering about the use of this item; was it a playing Card holder, a traveling Card Holder or a Cigarette case. Also, what is the "facing commas" mark near the initials. It measures 3 5/8" long, 2 1/4" wide by 1" thick, opens at the top and has a hammered silver finish on the back.
    If anyone can offer their thoughts, I would truly appreciate it. Thanks all, RER (LOUMANAL)

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    1. LOUMANAL LOUMANAL, 11 years ago
      Hi valentino97! I don't know the size of matches that would fit in this holder but maybe in Denmark their matches come in bigger size boxes. It's possible, since the sides are open and would reveal the striker section on boxes of matches. Thank you for your input and thank you vetraio50 and mustangtony for the Love. RER (BOB)
    2. LOUMANAL LOUMANAL, 11 years ago
      Thank you petey, blunderbuss2, inky, bratjdd, toolate2 and Poop for the love. Any definitive ID as to the maker, marks and use of this item anyone? RER
    3. Zoewalkerconway, 11 years ago
      Hi there... I'm desperately searching for the same answer! I have the hallmarks JHS something Denmark - the H is the same as the one pictured, however I assumed the S was a 5? There is also an initial/digit after the S or 5 that is so rubbed I can't read it!!
    4. LOUMANAL LOUMANAL, 11 years ago
      Hi Zoe! Do you have the 2 Commas mark similar to this one on yours? BOB
    5. Zoewalkerconway, 11 years ago
      Hi there just had a look - the "something" I mentioned is the two commas mark! Just faded! I also thought the Randers or J.H.& J. Hoffmann & Son?
    6. LOUMANAL LOUMANAL, 11 years ago
      Hi Zoe! The H has a small tail on it that looks like an inter-twinned "th" so that's why I figured JorgenTH Steffenson. BOB
    7. LOUMANAL LOUMANAL, 11 years ago
      Thanks Chi-Treasures for the Love! RER (BOB)
    8. Zoewalkerconway, 11 years ago
      That would make more sense! Have you found out any more about these marks? Please keep me updated.. I will try and upload a pic of my item today
    9. Zoewalkerconway, 11 years ago
      Just a thought is yours a card holder? For playing cards maybe?
    10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 years ago
      I reckon you are both right about the identity of :
      J.Th.S. • Jørgen Th. Steffensen - Randers 1972 - 1976
      His father was J. P. Steffensen. In 1919 J. P. Steffensen took over the firm of Hans Jensen & Co.. a wholesale gold and silver business in Århus that supplied Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway.
      J. P. Steffensen had two sons Knud Th. Steffensen (b. 1908) & Jørgen Th. Steffensen (b. 1910). After his death in 1949 his widow took over and the two sons became managers in the company. In 1934 the family bought out a manufacturing business in Randers not far from Århus that specialised in modern manufacturing methods for silver and silverplate jewelry.
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 years ago
      My thought is that the "facing commas" mark is an 'S' for the Steffensen family firm. The 'JThS' suggests a time period.
    12. Zoewalkerconway, 11 years ago
      Hi I just uploaded a picture I found showing the moderised symbol and the Steffenson name below
    13. LOUMANAL LOUMANAL, 11 years ago
      Thank you are the BEST!! and thank you Zoe for your help. I'm still not sure what this item is but a cigarette case/match box holder is the most plausible since the sides are open. RER (BOB)
    14. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 11 years ago
      Kevin is now telling me this holds a match box & striker. I am not continuing this relay!
    15. LOUMANAL LOUMANAL, 11 years ago
      Thanks blunderbuss2! I'm happy to have someone confirm what I suspected would be the practical use of this box. RER (LOUMANAL)
    16. Yohanna Yohanna, 7 years ago
      i have the same match box and cigarett
      e package its made by hans jensen
    17. Yohanna Yohanna, 7 years ago
      look closely near the dog it should say denmark or there will be a fish symbol the pattern is called cracker barrel he made combs brushes mirrors etc. mines only silver plate as many of his items where date roughly 1927 era
    18. Neptune Neptune, 2 years ago
      I have one of these with a matching lighter. I can confirm that it is a cigarette case as I remember it in use by my grandmother when I was a child. I'm curious if you ever found out anything else about yours or if you still have it. My silver stamp on the bottom is quite different than yours which seems odd to me since everything else is identical. I am brand new to this site and haven't yet figured out how to upload pictures.
    19. keramikos, 2 years ago
      Hi, Neptune. :-)

      I suspect you want add images to this post in a comment. The short answer: you can't do that.

      If you have the images hosted somewhere else online, you can put a link to them here in a comment.

      If you don't currently have the images hosted anywhere online, you'll need to create a post here at CW S&T of your own. You can add up to four pictures per post. Once you do that, you can link your post here in a comment.
    20. spinologist spinologist, 2 years ago
      I just found a couple of candlesticks with the same hallmark. Just wondering if anyone else has information on the Jorgen Th Steffenson of Randers, Denmark candlesticks. They are eight inches high, three inches square at base with ornate design.

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