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Stock No. 8496
As no records exist to check any of these Hanau Pseudo marks against, it is down to extensive research by Wolfgang Scheffler and Bruno-Wihelm Theile that the makers of specific items can be identified with a great deal of certainty. This tea caddy is attributed to B. Neresheimer and Sohne, Hanau, becoming L. Neresheimer & Co in 1903. The company exhibited in 1893 in Chicago at the World’s Columbian Exposition and in 1904 at the St. Louis International Exposition. A passage written in ‘Watchmaker, Jeweller, Silversmith and Optician’ by W. Augustus Steward, published by Heywood & Co, London, in 1903 states:
“In the silver-goods trade, which is carried on under excellent conditions, the imitation of antiques plays, and always has played, a large part, especially in the more splendid works of bygone times, and it is in this direction that Messrs B. Neresheimer & Sohne are best known… I was able to see the careful and artistic manner in which they produced copies of the old masters. Nothing was too small or too large, everything being copied with a care and minuteness, which were indeed creditable… Nuremberg work, double lady cups, old goblets, snuff boxes and a hundred and one beautiful little objects which remain to show the beauty of the old German silversmith’s work that were being copied for the wholesale market.”