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A "HANAU SILVER" WITH AN UNCOMMON LONDON IMPORT
From 1867 to 1904, the letter F was added to the
usual sterling marks for foreign sterling silver
imported into the UK. But from 1904, the F was
dropped and was replaced by the decimal value of the
standard mark and a special assay office mark had to
Such marks were different according to the
particular assay office. In the case of London, it
was a rayed sun with facial features. The leopard's
head and the lion passant were also discontinued. I
recently acquired a dish made in Hanau by Georg Roth
& Co which is a good example of the above.
According to Dorothea Burstyn in her
"The Antique Silver Industry of Hanau"
article, Georg Roth & Co produced silver that leaned
strongly on French styles - festoons and portraits
in medallions are ever-recurring features.
My dish follows this admirably. It has typical Hanau
fantasy marks stamped underneath, with the London
hallmarks on top.
My interest in the dish was enhanced by the rarity
value of the London import marks applicable from
1904 to May 1906 only. After this date, a different
symbol was used for London imports from then on.
The sponsor's mark of GB is that of George Bedingham
who first registered his mark in his own name in
1902. He is registered as a silver worker.
The date letter is "k" for 1905.
The dish is approximate 15cm in diameter and weighs 112g.
- 2008 -
George Bedingham was firstly quoted in the partnership of George
Bedingham and James Edgar Hay under the style Bedingham & Hay at
Paternoster House. The partnership was dissolved in 1899 and
George Bedingham continued business in his own name.
Further mentions of the firm were found in a 1907 illustrated
advertising of miniature coach and horses and two decorative
boxes, one with portraits of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, the
other with dancing peasants in the manner of Tenier.... and in
1920 when it was quoted as G. Bedingham & Co, silversmiths,
George Bedingham registered marks at the London Assay Office in
1899 (two marks), 1901, 1902, 1905 and 1910 (two marks)
(from John Culme's Directory of London Silversmiths)