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Marius Hammer

RARE Marius Hammer Norway Sterling Enamel Pendant Necklace Circa 1900/1910s

RARE Marius Hammer Norway Sterling Enamel Pendant Necklace Circa 1900/1910s

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Antique Norwegian Designer Marius Hammer Sterling & Enamel Pendant Circa 1900/1910's

Measurements: 1.5"L x .6"W (3.81cm x 1.53cm) Chain: 18"L (45.72cm)

Markings: Pendant: 925S Makers Mark  N.M. 936

Weight: 11.6g

Stunning guilloche and filigree inlaid enamel, gilt sterling silver pendant and chain from Marius Hammer. Marked N.M. 936 for copyright design #936. The "NM" mark, often present in Norwegian silver, is the abbreviation of "Norskt Mönster" meaning Norwegian pattern. It is a kind of a copyright mark for Norway. Hard to believe this stunning pendant is over 100 years old! Other than a very tiny chip on the enamel of the middle hanging tendril, this pendant is in wonderful condition! There is little to no wear to the back. Slight fading to the color of the pink enamel on the bezel. Such a rare and desirable collector's piece. Absolutely Museum worthy!

 

Marius Hammer (1847 – 1927) The son of Master Goldsmith, Lauritz Hammer, Marius was born in the crafts town of Bergen, Norway and worked there until his death in 1927. Hammer was the third generation in his family of craftsmen.  Beginning in the 1880s, Hammer focused on the growing tourist market and became a major producer of high-end souvenirs and other luxury items in filigree and enamel. Marius built a network of shops in famous tourist destinations of Western Norway and also delivered goods to European businesses including London. From around 1885 he advertised himself as ‘By Special Appointment to the Prince of Wales’, listing also ‘the largest collection of Norwegian antiquities in Scandinavia’. He retired in 1915 but the firm remained active until 1930 under his two sons, Torolf and Max. Marius Hammer was one of the most important Silversmiths in Norway, if not the most important. A contemporary of Fabergé, Marius became world famous for its enamel work. Most of these enameled pieces reflected the reigning Art Nouveau trends of bright colors and densely layered floral shapes. 

 

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