The David Andersen Company was founded in Christiania (modern-day Oslo), Norway in 1876. Andersen (1843-1901) was a gold and silversmith with a keen sense of quality and the high standards of his workmanship brought early success. By 1888, Andersen was able to expand his workshop into a steam powered plant and a second retail location was opened in Oslo is 1892. David Andersen died in 1901 and his son, Arthur Andersen , took the reins of the firm. Arthur instituted some important changes, he decided to hyphenate the family name to David-Andersen, and as chief designer, he introduced the use of enameling on the company's gold and silver jewelry and holloware. The new line was so successful that enameled jewelry has becoe nearly synonymous with the David-Andersen name. The firm has remained a family business and is now run by members of the forth generation, Uni and Jon David-Andersen. Throughout its long history David-Andersen has always kept pace with changing times and artistic trends, over time they have produced beautiful and finely crafted jewelry and objects in the styles of Naturalism, Dragestil (Dragonstyle), Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Art Moderne, and Modernism.
Excerpt from the Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks website.