A view of Geislingen factory taken from the WMF headed form. One of my "Hungarian" tea glass holders. AS is the abbreviation of "Alpacca Silber". Some WMF hollow ware marks from the second group Typical WMF export hollow ware marks.
silver and silver plate: Clearing up the Rogers Confusion: Marks and Manufacturers
An apostle spoon is a spoon usually silver or silver-plated , but sometimes of other metals, such as pewter with an image of an apostle or other saint as the termination of the handle, each bearing his distinctive emblem. Apostle spoons were particularly popular prior to the Reformation. They symbolize the Last Supper of Christ in the company of the Apostles. Apostle spoons were especially popular in England, but were also found in large numbers in Germany.
An Introduction to Silver Markings and Terms
Antique silver hallmarks have been used to control the quality of goods made of silver since the 14th century and the organisation that regulates the craft, Goldsmiths Hall, gave the world the term hallmark. This is to ensure it is of the required sterling silver standard and, provided it conforms to a standard, a series of symbols are stamped into each part of the item. Today and for the past few centuries, this stamp or silver hallmark has shown the place and year of manufacture of the assayed silver item, as well as the silversmith who made or sponsored the item. The laws governing silver hallmarking are very strict and if an item does not comply with a standard the item will not be hallmarked and will probably be destroyed. A false silver hallmark has always been treated with the utmost severity by the law and in the past a silversmith was pilloried for their first offence, where they would be pelted with rotten fruit and vegetables.
The company is well-known for its silverplate flatware and giftware. From to , pictorial marks representing the year were added to the hallmark, which can further help to date a piece. Examine your silver piece to find any writing or marks. Use a magnifying glass if necessary.