After charm collecting for a while I noticed these little marks alongside the normal 'sil' and 'silver' on my charms. I realised these are makers marks after a quick google and research, and its actually very interesting and cool the history behind these makers so I thought I would share a bit with you each week starting with the most common mark I find.
Nuvo was started as a brand in its own right in the early 60s under the manufacturer R.Platnauer and produced charms up until roughly the 80s. (There is some discrepancy in this, the actual brand wasn't dissolved until the 90's and there isn't a clear cut time of beginning and ceasing manufacturing apart from 'approximately' the late 50s early 60s to the late 70s early 80s).
I find this particularly interesting because it really helps with identifying the era the charms are from when collecting and listing them - Unlike Gold charms silver charms legal threshold for hallmarking is 7.78 grams so only the heaviest of the charms are actually required to bear the hallmark of one of the four assay offices in the UK ( Gold is 1 gram I believe ), so for the silver Nuvo charms you will be used to seeing the makers mark instead 'Nuvo' and 'Nuvo Regd' usually on the bottom, inside or somewhere fairly inconspicuous so as not to detract from the detail of the charm . My mermaid riding the Seahorse charm is a Nuvo and has the tiniest most unnoticeable Nuvo mark I have seen yet ! I diddnt realise it was even a Nuvo until researching and coming across a few examples of their work, and I then went looking for the makers mark with my jewellery loop and located this miniature mark on the tail- so easily missed its unreal. The Gold Nuvo charms will have the typical 'Nuvo' makers mark, the sponsor mark 'RP' and bear the hallmark for the Birmingham Assay office; The anchor of course .
So what makes these charms so special ? From what I can attain and from reading around, the makers marks are highly collectable . Its a guarantee of the brand, the quality and the era the charms hail from . Even more so as is often the case with vintage and antique items, Nuvo's trading time was fairly short which makes finding a charm marked with this mark even more exciting and rare . Nuvo is also considered one of the best in regards to making charms, and they were the main player when charms were at their most fashionable . Its no surprise that you are used to seeing other silver and gold charms of similar style that arent Nuvo. Charm makers all shared and took inspiration from each other's designs, and Nuvo was victim to this more than most. You will notice that some styles of vintage charms are more common than others and this is the same for the Nuvo charms- Some pop up frequently but there are a few little gems that are come across so rarely it makes it quite exciting to find one and they are priced as such .
I hope this short article on Nuvo was as interesting for you to read as it was for me to research, I have included some images in a Slideshow below of the Nuvo makers marks so you can get a feel for what to expect when you read about the makers mark -Thanks again for stopping by !