This page contains rare finds and other specialties.

 

1810
'OLD' HALLMARK AND YEAR MARK 1810
This spoon is marked by Gustaf Granfelt, Porvoo, 1810. The hallmark is the Swedish three-crowns mark, and the D3 year mark uses the Swedish year marking system. The object is likely to have been marked in early 1810, before the new one-crown hallmarks were produced and the new year mark system introduced, where the alphabet was started from the beginning again (A = 1810).

 

vuosiw5b
W5
Year marks do not include the letter W.

 

tuplaleima
DOUBLE CROWN
The first hallmark was not punched in the right place.

 

tuplap
DOUBLE LOCATION MARK
Location mark punched twice.

 

79
FINENESS MARK 79
During the years 1853 to 1891, only fineness marks 84 and 78 existed. A 79 mark was never officially used.

 

erikoinen
813H, UH, 750
Marks accidentally stamped on a silver spoon instead of locality and date marks.

 

millenium
MILLENIUM
Inspecta Oy's celebration mark could be voluntarily used on jewellery and jewellery sets during the year 2000. It could only be used if the object(s) were tested and hallmarked in accordance with the regulations. The mark was designed by master goldsmith Pia-Mari Laamanen. The Millenium mark is the last in the seies on the picture shown.

 

sidorow
G. SIDOROW
The owner's name, G. SIDOROW, is marked at the end of the mark series on the spoon shown in the picture.

 

cgak
DOUBLE MARKING CG + AK in 1864
After his death, this goldsmith's widow was allowed to continue his workshop with the existing journeymen's assistance. Carolina Granbom, widow of Porvoo goldsmith Adolf Granbom, used responsibility mark CG during the years 1858-1867. Her husband, Adolf Granbom, had used responsibility mark AG during the years 1851-1858. The picture of the spoon shown is from 1864 with Carolina Granbom's CG mark and unknown mark AK. This is probably a journeyman's own mark.

 

elsi
ASSAY OFFICE CHAIRMAN'S MARK
In 1980, a regulation came into force that allows for objects purchased abroad by private individuals to be inspected and marked by the assay office upon request. The picture shows monogram mark EL (between the hallmark and the fineness mark) and was used 1980-1986 by the assay office chairman Elsi Lindahl. Subsequest successors' marks can be found in the Tukes name registry with list numbers 235 and 304.

 

hjf
HjF
This silver object was manufactured abroad and imported with a fineness mark of 830. The number 2487 is the manufacturer's model or serial number.  The object was imported by Fagerroos and bears his responsibility mark, HjF, and the fineness mark 813H, which was the nearest fineness mark in Finland at this time (1907). The hallmark has the normal heart-base; the oval-base hallmark for imported objects was not introduced until 1925.

 

kasityo
KÄSITYÖ (handwork)
This mark is to point out in particular that the object is made by hand.

 

suomenlinna
SUOMENLINNA
This mark is used as the 'location mark' of Suomenlinna-based goldsmith companies. The motif is more commonly recognisable as the Suomenlinna logo.

 

sunkka
SUNDQVIST
Veljekset Sundqvist (Brothers Suldqvist) often used a design mark in the 1930s of their full name under an octagon as a mark of Finnish origin. The octogon symbol came into use in 1932 and was developed by the Kotimainen työ ry (Indigenous Employment Society) and designed by Matti Björklund (later Visanti). It was a precursor to the current Finnish flag and key logo.

 

tillander pd
PD TILLANDER
Pd mark was punched with the responsibility mark for a palladium object before the current fineness mark became law.

 

tillander pt
PT TILLANDER
Pt mark was punched with the responsibility mark for a platinum object before the current fineness mark bacame law.

 

80
80

 

ristausnumero
INVENTORY NUMBER
Some producers have marked their jewellery and other objects with an inventory number, which allows items to be easily identified in the shop. Detailed information on the objects, such as the price of the work, the stones, the weight, the number of the drawing and the name of the responsible craftsman is entered in a corresponding inventory list.

 

925S
925S
A piece of jewellery made for export by Kupittaan Kulta bearing the Norwegian silver fineness mark 925S.

 

kaksipitoisuusleimaa
TWO FINENESS MARKS
There are two fineness marks on the silver spoon: 13L and 813. The new millesimal fineness mark 813 was introduced in 1892, the year the spoon was punched. It also features the old Lot fineness mark 13L.

 

sydanleimat
HEART-SHAPED MARKS
This spoon, dating from 1894, was prepared by Helsinkian Konstantin Liljeström. The date, responsibility, and fineness marks are enclosed within hearts. The place mark is within an arms-shield. This was still possible, until the following year, 1895, when new provisions came into effect specifying that marks for silver had to be enclosed within a rectangle. Additionally, an H had to be added to the fineness figure (H indicating 'hopea', which is Finnish for 'silver').

 

830s
FINNISH AND NORWEGIAN MARKS
Suomen Kultasepät Oy, Turku imported this spoon with Finnish marks punched opposite Norwegians marks. Despite the Finnish Assay Office import control mark being punched, the required Finnish fineness mark of 813H was missed.
Marks: Suomen Kultasepät Oy, Assay Office import mark, NM = Norsk mönster/Norwegian design, Norwegian fineness mark 830S, goblet = responsibility mark of Thorvald Marthinsen Sölvvarefabrikk, N = product produced in Norway, A = Turku locality mark, K6 = 1939 year mark.

 

hetta
HETTA

 

INARI
INARI

 

suomen-kultasepat-L
L.
This spoon, madein Turku in 1901 by Suomen Kultasepät Oy, shows a final mark of L. The meaning of this mark is unknown.

 

Valkovuokkoleima
WOOD ANEMONE
Sirokoru Ltd/Diacasti developed and use the used wood anemone mark for EcoAct-Silver. Although EcoAct-Silver has a fineness content of 965 parts per thousand, the products are marked in accordance with the laws of the 925 mark. The mark was introduced in 2008.

 

JE-2
ENGRAVED RESPONSIBILITY MARK
In Finland the object has had the Assay Office import inspection mark punched over the original foreign responsibility mark, with the replacement JE engraved next to it.
Marks: silver fineness mark 813H punched over the foreign silver fineness mark 830, import inspection mark punched over the foreign responsibility mark, unknown responsibility mark JE, Helsinki locality mark, year mark X5 = 1927.

 

lusikkakoko
SPOON SIZE
Helsinki-based jeweller Fagerroos used numbering on its spoons to represent size during the 1890s. For example, 0 = 126mm, 2 = 133mm and 4 = 140mm