Produced by the silversmith Berthold Muller of Hanau, he was the son of Berthold Muller was also a plate worker who was listed in 1893 as a “manufacturer’s agent” operating from 165 Wardour Street. In 1905 he was joined by his son Berthold Hermann Muller. They carried on business as wholesale silversmiths under the trade name of Berthold Miller (sic) & Son from about 1915 with this subtle anglicisation of Muller secured by a formal change of name. But who was the actual foreign maker of these charming objects of undoubted quality and appeal and finely detailed fans? The answer lies in detecting an almost hidden mark in the design, an artistic small letter “n”. This is the maker’s mark of Ludwig Neresheimer and Co. of Hanau in Germany, near Frankfurt am Main and on the way to Wurzburg, Nurnberg and Augsburg. In Hanau the old town hall was of more recent times used as the “German House of Goldsmiths”, an educational centre for the teaching of silversmithing based on traditional values reflecting the influence of the Huguenots who settled in Hanau at the end of the 16th Century.
A good quality decanter.