The life and work of
Silversmith Evald Nielsen

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Born: 1879   Dead: 1958

Evald Johannes Nielsen and his siblings were born and grew up in very poor backgrounds with their mother who had become a widow at an early age.  
At the age of 14 Evald leaves school in 1893 - with the prize for diligence. He gets an apprenticeship as steel engraver at Silversmith August Fleron in Copenhagen. August Fleron soon discover Evalds talent for drawing and his excellent sence of good quality and design in silverware. He encourages the young Evald by buying some of his drawings and this probably lead the way for the young mans further career in becoming a Silversmith himself.
In 1898 Evald graduates, and in 1900 - 1905 he travels around Europe where he works in Germany, Austria and France. Around 1905 Evald settle down in Copenhagen with his wife (Marie Weimar) and their firstborn son (Aage Weimar). Son number two (Bjarne Weimar) is born in 1906.


Professional life of Evald Nielsen, in short:

1905 Starts his own business with a production of jewellery in particular
1907 Buys an old silversmithy and starts producing silverware & jewellery   in a bigger scale. The workshop soon employs 14 silversmiths
1910 Starts advertising from his first store at Raadhusstraede 11 in   Copenhagen
1918 Opens yet another store at Vester Voldgade 21 in Copenhagen
1918 At the age of 39 Evald is being elected as alderman in the   Goldsmith Guild, a position he owns for the next 30 years!
1922 Receives the Honorary Diploma at World Expo in Rio de Janeiro,   Brasil
1925 Receives the Gold medal at World Expo in Paris, France
1929 Receives the Knights Cross from King Christian X at the 500 year   anniversary of the Goldsmith Guild
1929 Assigned the "Grand Prix" medal at World Expo in Barcelona, Spain
1931 The store and workshop at Raadhusstraede 11 is moved to Nyhavn   in Copenhagen
1935 Assigned the "Grand Prix" medal at World Expo in Brussels, Belgium
1937 Assigned the "Grand Prix" medal at World Expo in Paris, France
1945 Evald Nielsen Silversmithy celebrates 40 years anniversary. Evald   Nielsen receives a handmade wall clock from his employees. The   clock still works in our workshop today!
1958 Evald Nielsen dies after a short period of illness


Væg urBesides the stores in Copenhagen Evald Nielsen silverware were also well-known and sold in other countries.

Several designs became time typical and sold to i.e. Metropolitan in New York and Gallery of Art in Nebraska.

Furthermore both Victoria & Albert Museum in London and Koldinghus Kunstmuseum & Designmuseum Denmark own several pieces of jewellery and flatware.

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