Marius Hammer Plique-a-Jour Bowl, ca. 1900
I really don't know very much about the piece. My mother inherited it 60 years ago from a dear friend.
Well, first of all, on the bottom we have the mark "930," which is the Norwegian standard for silver. So the base of this is silver. We also have another mark on here and it's "M. Hammer." And this stands for Marius Hammer of Norway. Marius Hammer is the most important silversmith in Norway. He was a contemporary of Fabergè. This piece is a plique-a-jour piece made to look like a stained glass. This particular piece was made circa 1900. And when these were originally made and sold in Norway, they were only sold to the wealthy. You happen to have one that has horse's heads. Usually they'll have a dragon or some other more common feature. The horse's heads are the rarest. It's a bowl shape. The interior is red guillochè enamel. And the value of this piece, in today's market-- we're in a little bit of slump in the market, so this is a conservative retail price-- would be $7,000.
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