Why are you sure the are Swiss? I studied my references for Swiss silver and I can not find a match. Anyway, I would place them in the (late?) 19th century. The oldest Swiss reference I fond for the use of the "13" is from around 1800.
The spoons are called "HermenlÃ¶ffel", Herma Spoons. Silversmith in the Region of Zurich made such spoons in the late 17 century. They usually bear a makers mark and a city or wardein mark, not a "13" Regards
Thank you for your reply, Since I posted this post I have realized they are a Swiss style but probably not Swiss. I had found this spoon at Christies which had thrown me in the wrong direction as they describe it as a Swiss spoon -
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I am now trying to find where they really originate from, I am thinking maybe Austro- Hungarian as they used the "13" mark during the 19th century?
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"13" was widely used in Germany, the Austrian Empire and Switzerland. I do not think they are Austrian. In 1583 the "13" was not in use in Switzerland. It was common from around 1800 until approximately 1860 - 1880. Then it was replaced by the "800" purity mark. "HermenlÃ¶ffel" were produced in Switzerland from approximately 1650 until in the early 1700. The distintctive base of your spoons can be found around 1600 to 1700. I think your spoons are a quality work in ancient style. In my opinion a work from around 1850 to 1880. Maybe from Germany, but also possible Switzerland. For example Bossard in Lucern was (in)famous for creating high quality articels in ancient syles. And, if wished by the customer, with ancient marks or fantasy marks.
Have you tried identifying the family crest? There are specialised websites. That could also help.