First, there are the basic trade goods, simple silver designs or enamel pieces done on copper in the same traditional Navaho, etc. designs seen on rugs and other fabrics. While these enamel on copper pieces are not highly collectible, there are certainly quite wearable and on a break-a-way Friday can certainly make your French blue Egyptian cotton shirt think its denim.
I just got a pair of cuff links signed Bent K – who is Bent K?
Bent K stands for Bent Knudsen who was trained as a silversmith at C. M. Cohr in Fredericia Denmark. He worked at the Hans Hansen Smithy for 10 years. Bent and his wife, Anni (also a trained silversmith), established their own smithy in 1956. He often used stones in his designs that are in a simple, clear style and clearly well crafted. Knudsen’s pieces certainly would be generally classified as Danish Modern; however, his use of stones puts him apart from most Danish modernists.
While generally not at the quality level of Bent K, there is another Danish silversmith from the 50’s whose signature is often found on cuff links – John L. It appears that John L was John Lauritzen, a Copenhagen silversmith from 1955-1981. His pieces are generally smaller and some were made in 830 silver instead of sterling. His pieces are well made but are probably more wearable than collectible. Knudsen is listed in the Thage Danish Jewelry book, listed in helpful resources while Lauritzen was not included.