Rare & Unusual Antique Silver Musical Figures. Neresheimer, Hanau
2 Novelty, Antique Sterling Silver Seated Musicians With Bobble Heads. Made By Ludwig Neresheimer In Hanau Late 19th Century. The Drummer 7.5" Tall, Imported Into The UK By Edwin Thomson Bryant In 1904, And As Such Carries The Corresponding English Silver Hallmarks As Required. The Trumpet Player, 7" Tall, Imported Into The UK By Berthold Mueller (Bernard Muller) In 1906. Both Have "Bobbling" Heads, And Both Have Detachable Covers So They Can Be Used As Caddies etc. Great Quality & Condition.
Hanau silver was largely imported into the UK between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Berthold Mueller was an import firm, who distributed a lot of Neresheimer silver - see John Culme: The Directory of Gold-and Silversmiths, Jewellers and Allied Traders 1838-1914, Vol.1 page, page 335. The firm changed its name 1915 to Berthold Miller and was listed as wholesale silversmiths and jewellers, antique reproduction in silver, ivories, miniatures, enamels, and so forth.