In 1876, David Andersen established a silver smithy and retail store in Christiana (now Oslo). His early items were well made, well designed (mainly Nordic themes and generally made in 830 silver). The business passed to his son Arthur on David’s death in 1901. Arthur, who was the major designer for the firm, was responsible for the introduction of the use of enamel and upgrading most pieces to sterling silver. The Andersens controlled the firm for generations with a love of designing silver pieces made for adding enamel.
Some of the finest Scandinavian enamel work comes from this company. The company made many various cuff links, both in just a silver design and in enamel. The most noted enamel design is the four seasons, where the underlying cuff link is the same, but the enamel work denotes the four seasons; mainly blue for spring; green for summer; browns for fall and white and black for winter.
For the last hundred years, the marks for David-Andersen were either the complete hyphenated name or just the hyphenated initials D-A with later pieces also included a scales mark. Earlier pieces were marked in a variety of manners: with the name fully spelled out David Andersen, with the first initial and complete last name, D. Andersen and with just the initials D.A. Sometimes neither name nor initials appeared and only an early makers mark that depicted the forging tongs and hammer (not being a smith, it looks like a skinny Victorian lampshade with fringe). Highly sought after by collectors are the firm’s enamel pieces and the very early pieces. This is one maker that had a focus on export to the United States, so it is probably easier to collect vintage and antique David-Andersen pieces here than in Norway.
David Anderson Cufflinks
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