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Dutch and Schoonhoven Silver Marks

Delft jewelry typically is a marriage of Schoonhoven silver, often in the form of silver filigree, and blue Delft pottery inserts from the Gouda region. Schoonhoven is a relative small town near Gouda, in the western Netherlands. However, Schoonhoven's fame as 'Silver City' goes back many centuries. The earliest reports about its gold- and silversmiths stem from the 1300's. In 1629 the Schoonhoven artisans receive the formal right to establish a Silver and Gold Guild, but they had probably organized themselves in one way or other long before. The number of gold- and silversmiths at any time varies. According to a study by René Kappers (Zilver-cahier nr 7.2, published 1 Dec. 2008) their number reaches a summit of 130 in the year 1914, and a 20th century record low of 44 in 1965. Today there still exists a Schoonhoven guild that proudly carries the name of "St.Eloy", after Saint Eligius or Eloi, the patron of gold- and silversmiths and other metal workers.

Silver hallmarks and maker's marks can be very useful for dating Delft jewelry. Maker's marks usually have a limited lifespan that mirrors the active period of the silversmith. Some show small changes over time that reflect family events and changes of management. And, as illustrated below, in 1953 Dutch silver hallmarks have been adjusted to internationally accepted standards, thus creating a clear division of silver items produced before and after that event. The Lion assay marks are normally used for larger articles, while small items are hallmarked with a tiny sword that after 1 September 1953 should carry the number 925 or 835, for sterling and small sterling respectively.

No prizes for guessing that Delft jewelry falls in the "small items" category. The sword hallmark and the maker's mark can often be found on the C-clasp of a brooch, the fixed ring of a bracelet, necklace or pendant, and the wires of a set of earrings. There may be an additional ornamented cartouche with a one digit number. This is an indication of the object's weight class. An additional mark in the form of a key - often on top of the sword hallmark - indicates that the item was exported.

Not all Schoonhoven silversmiths have been active in the production of Delft jewelry. The Verwoerd Ceramics Studio has produced Delft medallions for G.J. van den Bergh Jr. (now G.J. van den Bergh Zilverwerken BV) and G.J. van den Bergh & Son (1941-c.1975). The Van den Berghs may in turn have produced filigree jewelry for others, such as Hooykaas, the Huisman Bros, or the Niekerk Bros, in which case they would normally use the client's hallmark. The Van Katwijk workshop is known to have produced Delft inserts for G.J. van den Bergh Jr., Willem Rond, and M. Wendels-Soeters. Further usual suspects are G.A. van Engelen, H.B. Hol, A. Pluut, the Rous family, the Seton Bros, and G.H. Suur. However, some others have been involved as well. Therefore, and as a tribute to the rich history of Schoonhoven silversmithing, we prefer presenting all maker's marks used in and after WW2. This may also help to make our list more useful for a broader group of Schoonhoven silver collectors.

The list below contains over 160 maker's marks of both Schoonhoven silversmiths and teachers at the Schoonhoven School for Gold- and Silversmithing. The marks have been purposely recreated for our museum site based on personal observations, public information, and private correspondence. We especially like to thank Herman Duël, managing director of G.J. van den Bergh Zilverwerken B.V. for his helpful comments. Even so, we don't pretend that our list of Schoonhoven post WW2 maker's marks is either complete or perfect. If you have any information that could help improving the list, please contact us at the VCO helpdesk.

Please note that the maker's marks are listed in alphabetical order of the first regular alphabet character. If you are searching for a particular name on this page, you may want to use Ctrl+F (press the Ctrl key, while you hit F) or use an equivalent short cut on your computer.

Maker's Marks used by Schoonhoven Silversmiths after 1940

A.C. van Bokhoven
1967-
Th.A. Driessen
1910-1963
A. Duhen
1979-
A.C. de Jooden
1946-1965
J.A. Hooykaas
1917-1957
Wed. J.A. Hooykaas
1957-1965
J.A. Hooykaas
1965-
A. Heerens
1938-1959
A. Heikoop
1943-1994
A. Landmeter
1948-1957
A. Landmeter
1957-1994
Alb. Meijer & Zn.
1942-1994
Alexander Meijer
1928-1963
Alexander Meijer
1963-
Arie Mesker
1941-1976
Mesker en Zoon BV
1976-1977
A. Pelt
1938-1951
A. Pluut & Zn
1942-1956
Zilverstad Fabrieken
1956-1959
A. Rikkoert
1938-1976
A. Visser
1975-1991
André Visser
1979-
A. van Dijk-Drent
1970-
A. van den Berge
1960-
A.V. de Graan-
Kruyt, 1972-

A. Brandenburg
1976-1990
Boonstoppel & Co
1945-1960
Boonstoppel Zilver-
en Metaalwaren
1960-
H.B. Hol
1926-1946
Bert Looren
de Jong
1998-
B.W. Pelt
1910-1964
B. Peier
1977-
B. van Tiggelen
1922-1970
B. van Tiggelen
1970-


C.A. de Groot
1947-1950
C.A. den Uyl
1946-1952
C.A. Hartman
1946-1956
C.A. Kuyf
1976-
C.J.M. Mandjes
1971-
C.Y. Noomen
1971-
C. Oele
2000-
C. Stigter
1938-1983
C.M. v. Broekhoven,
M.C. v. Broekhoven
van der Spek,
1957-
C.F. Wewer
1932-1968
C.F. Wewer & Zn
1968-1990
C. Wendels
1904-1948
M. Wendels-Soeters
1948-1964
C. Zielstra
1968-


N. van Dillen
1936-1975
J.M. de Boer
1975-1998
D.P.M. Gaillard & Zn
1936-
D. van den Wijgaard
1966-


E.J. Brinkert
1972-
E.J. van de Fliert
1978-
F.J. Buys
1976-



G.J. van den Bergh Jr., 1949-1981 G.J. van den Bergh
Zilverwerken,
1981-
G. van den Bergh & Zn., 1945-1947 G. van den Bergh & Zn., 1947-1950 Gebr. Baardwijk*
Nieuwpoort
1942-1949
Zilverfabriek Nieuwpoort
1949-1957
G. den Oudsten
1984-
G.A. van Engelen
1926-1957
W. van Engelen-
van den Nieuwendijk
1957-61
G.A. van Engelen
1961-1999
Gebr. Huisman*
1934-1961
Gebr. Huisman*
1961-1995
Gebr. Murk*
1926-1969
Gebr. Van der Ree*
1935-1950
Gebr. Van der Ree*
1950-1966
Gabri Schumacher
(Artis Causa Co.)
1985-
Gebr. Seton*
1935-1956
Gebr. Seton*
1956-1976
Gebr. Seton*
1976-1988
G.H. Suur
1949-1971
Geertrui Visser
1977-
G. van de Lagemaat
1979-
G. Wijland
1975-


*) Gebr.= Bros

H.B. Hol
1935-1946
Wed. H.B. Hol
1946-1947
H. Copier
1946-1971
H. Hooykaas
1924-1943
H. Hooykaas
1943-1946
H. Hooykaas
1946-
H. Looren
de Jong
1967-1982
H. de Leeuw
den Bouter
1971-
H.F.M. Rogier
(Artis Causa Co.)
1978-
H.J. Schriek
1967-1989

J.F. Edeling
1955-
J.G. Gaillard
1929-1967
Jac. Gelderblom & Zn
1966-
J.W. Heerens
1967-1969
J.H. van den Bergh
1950-1973
J.H. van den Bergh
1974-1983
J. Krins
1926-1953
Johannes Krins
1947-1977
J. Oele
1977-
J.B. van der Pauw
1919-1963
J.C. Peltenburg
1975-
J.P. Verkerk
1950-1953
A.J. Rous
1917-1956
J.C. Rous-Mul
1956-1963
J.C. van der Ree
1926-1956
J. Staalenburg
1934-1958
J. Verkerk
1913-1946
J. Verkerk
1946-1952
J. de Vaal
1958-1995
J.D. Wendels
1911-1947
J. Wibbens
1967-
J. Wolterson
1978-1985




Klaas-Jan Stammis
1991-
K. Kovacsevits
1945-1994




L. Bosch
1919-1960
de Leeuw den Bouter
1946-1971
L. van der Giessen
1974-
L. Hankart
1976-


W.M. Blanken
1977-
M.G. Hol
1947-1984
M.L. Deerenberg
1936-1971
M. Ponsioen & Co
1924-1952
M. Stigter
1957-1999
Titiaan de Geer
1980-
Marjon Kappers
1999-




Gebr. Niekerk
1944-1951
Gebr. Niekerk
1951-1970
Gebr. Niekerk
1970-1997
N.A. Meijer
1926-1971
N.C. van Solinge
1941-1948

Wed. J. van Os
van den Abeelen
1935-1950
G. van Os
van den Abeelen
1928-




P. Bouter
1933-1960
P. Baardwijk
Nieuwpoort
1926-1942
P. Eigenman
1972-
P. Heerens & Zn.
1941-1967
P. Heerens & Zn.
1967-1976
P. Heerens & Zn.
1977-
P. Koster
1978-
P.J. Mestrum
1977-
P. van Oostrom & Zn., 1941-2000 P.J. van Alphen
1946-1959
G. Quak
1921-1977

Remco Duël
1980-
R.E. Postma
1975-
R.M. Graus
1979-
Rikkoert Juweliersbedrijven
1976-
R.M. Meijer
1976-
Return Co.
(Alpha Art Jewelry)
1976-
Ruud Vos
1976-1980
Schoonhoven
School for Gold-
and Silversmithing
1947-1957
R.J. van Witzier
1941-1982


H.L. Sauer
1966-
Schriek &
Looren de Jong
1953-1957
S. Mopman
1936-1956
Steven Stehouer
(Titaantovenaar Co.)
1978-
Schoonhoven
School for Gold-
and Silversmithing
1957-

J.P. Verkerk &
van Bruinessen
1946-1950
G.J. van den Bergh
& Zn., 1941-1949
G.J. van den Bergh
& Zn., 1949-1975



Wed. A. Pluut & Zn.
1937-1971
W.M. Brans
1961-1991
Wouter van Baalen
1980-
W. Rond
1945-1969
W. Rond
1969-1974
W. Sprong
1904-1958
W. Sprong
1904-1958
W. van Son
1966-



Fabriek Zilverstad Schoonhoven
1959-2009
Zilverfabriek Nieuwpoort
1957-
Royal Zilverstad
Schoonhoven
2009-
Zilverwerk
At Brandenburg
1990-


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