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.
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. Therefore, and as a tribute to the rich history of Schoonhoven silversmithing, we prefer presenting all maker's marks used in and after WW2.
According to a study by René Kappers (Zilver-cahier nr 7.2, published 1 Dec. This may also help to make our list more useful for a broader group of Schoonhoven silver collectors. Even so, we don't pretend that our list of Schoonhoven post WW2 maker's marks is either complete or perfect.
2008) their number reaches a summit of 130 in the year 1914, and a 20th century record low of 44 in 1965. The list below contains over 160 maker's marks of both Schoonhoven silversmiths and teachers at the Schoonhoven School for Gold- and Silversmithing. If you have any information that could help improving the list, please contact us at the VCO helpdesk.
Today there still exists a Schoonhoven guild that proudly carries the name of "St. The marks have been purposely recreated for our museum site based on personal observations, public information, and private correspondence. Please note that the maker's marks are listed in alphabetical order of the first regular alphabet character.
Eloy", after Saint Eligius or Eloi, the patron of gold- and silversmiths and other metal workers. We especially like to thank Herman Duël, managing director of G. 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.
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.