Because inns did not have anything as luxurious as spoons for their guests, innkeepers expected their well-heeled customers to supply their own.Indeed, the phrase “born with a silver spoon in his mouth” actually reveals quite a bit about the time—whether or not one had a spoon, not to mention its quality and value, spoke volumes about an individual’s socio-economic status.Danish silversmith Georg Jensen delighted in the curving lines of Art Nouveau, which were inspired by the organic shapes of flowers, fruits, and the female torso.Naturally enough, the flatware and hollowware he designed for his firm, founded in Copenhagen in 1904, echoed his obsession, manifested in the form of grapes, birds, and flora.All told, the Jensen firm has created about 1,200 hollowware and other pieces, from vases, pitchers, and bowls to tea sets and fish platters.Jensen had a fondness for semiprecious stones, so he often incorporated amber, opal, amethyst, and quartz into his hollowware designs.First as a modeller at the Bing & Grøndahl porcelain factory and, beginning in 1898, with a small pottery workshop he founded in partnership with Christian Petersen. Again the work was well received, but sales were not strong enough to support Jensen, by this point a widower, and his two small sons. Used from 1945 - 1951 for items that were sold in Copenhagen 10.
By 1935, he had stores worldwide and more than 3,000 patterns.
That pattern embodies Jensen’s personal flair, but it is nowhere near as popular as Johan Rohde's much more sensible and subtle 1915 cutlery design, Acorn, which features a checked acorn cap.
Out-of-production antique silverware lines popular with collectors include Rope, Rose or Lily of the Valley, Viking, and Fuchsia.
As with all other metalware, spoons marked as sterling silver are 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper and other trace elements.
This standard originated in England in the 13th century and got the backing of British law in 1300, when Edward I mandated that sterling silver bear a hallmark in order to prevent fraud.
GEORG JENSEN sterling bracelet with mark dating post-1945, designed in about 1953 by Bent Gabrielson for Jensen, a discontinued design.