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MARKS OF EUROPEAN SILVER PLATE:
XI. WELLNER, HOLLAND
One of the mistakes often occurring on ebay.de auction is the
incorrect attribution of silver plated objects with the one-word
mark "Wellner" to the Aue factory August Wellner & Sons. In
reality, these items were made in Amsterdam by the branch
company Wellner Zilver Fabrieken N.V. (in English Wellner Silver
Factories joint-stock company). According to my previous paper
in Member's Window, from 1926-1927 the mark of the Aue factory
August Wellner & Soehne was changed to "Original Wellner", in
order to distinguish the items made by Wellner branches in
Amsterdam and Milano from those made in Aue.
Leo Frans Jacques Eyck, Founder and
Director of Wellner Zilver Fabrieken.
The Amsterdam company Wellner Zilver Fabrieken was founded
by Leo Frans Jacques Eyck, the talented Dutch entrepreneur. He
was born in 1896 to the family of a gold trader in Roermond .
In 1923, together with his younger brother, he set up in
Roermond the wholesale company of jewellery, gold, silver work,
watches, etc. In 1927 the brothers received an offer from August
Wellner & Sons to organize a sales representation of the Aue
company, which they accepted. The sales office was later
transformed to Wellner Silver Factories. In 1930, Leo moved to
Belgium and founded a sales representation there, so-called
Orfèvrerie Wellner S.A. (Silversmith Wellner joint-stock
company). In 1934, Leo Eyck returned to Amsterdam and became a
Director of Wellner Silver Factories.
To the best of my knowledge, Orfèvrerie Wellner operated
only as a sales representative of the Wellner Silver Factories.
Thus they sold the silver-plated objects with the mark used by
the Amsterdam branch.
The headquarters' building of Wellner
Zilver Fabrieken .
Now, I will mention briefly the heraldry
of this branch. Unlike August Wellner & Sons in Aue, Wellner
Zilver Fabrieken (and Orfèvrerie Wellner) used only one
characteristic element, namely, the image of three elves bearing
a knife, fork and spoon. Some fragments of silver-plated
ash-trays from my collection, produced by this Wellner branch
and used for advertisement purposes, are given below.
Fragments of Wellner ash-trays
produced in Amsterdam.
The hollow ware silver-plated products issued by the Wellner
Zilver Fabrieken company possess the same excellent quality as
the products of the Aue factory. They all correspond to Art Deco
style. Below, I present some photos of the most remarkable items
from my collection, made about 80 years ago.
Wellner Zilver Fabrieken silver-plated pieces
from my collection: 1) a 30 cl teapot, produced
1927; 2) a 35 cl milk-can, made in 1927-1944; 3) a
100 cl teapot, issued in 1927-1944; 4) a 140 cl
coffee-pot, produced in1927-1944; 5) a small
decorated tray; 6) a tray with Bakelite handles.
According to our recent findings, Dutch Wellner Zilver Fabrieken company haven't issued his own marks for silver-plated products.
Instead, it used the marks Nos.17-22 of main Wellner factory in Aue, Germany, see
I am grateful to Ms. Irene Horne
for her careful reading of my manuscript. My email address
is email@example.com. Any comments, questions or letters with
additional information are very welcome. However, please do
not send any requests for valuation and/or expertise, such
letters will be ignored.
 Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis.
Bografieën van Nederlandse ondernemers. Leo Eyck.
http://www.iisg.nl/ondernemers/pdf/pers-0458-01.pdf/ (in Dutch).
English translation: International Institute of Social History.
Biographies of Dutch entrepreneurs. Leo Eyck.
 Céline en John Schaake-Verkozen, Tafelcharme. Aanwijzingen
over de kunst van tafeldekken en de verzorging van der tafel.
Amsterdam, Druk C.A. Spin & Zoon, 1930, 1-56 (in Dutch). English
translation: Celine and John Schaake-Verkozen, Table Charm.
Laying of table and taking care of table ware. Amsterdam, C.A.
Spin & Son Publishing House.
Dr. David N. Nikogosyan
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