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by JayT
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Shakers-Diamond "C-over-A & Hammer"
Replies: 4
Views: 856

Re: Shakers-Diamond "C-over-A & Hammer"

Hello French marks can be difficult enough without confusing the situation with inaccurate terminology and descriptions of the marks. The vocabulary for French marks is quite precise. First, the Minerva head is a silver standard mark (poinçon de titre) in use from 1838-1972. If stamped in an octagon...
by JayT
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Gilt French spoon
Replies: 8
Views: 846

Re: Gilt French spoon

Hi Dendriet
You’re welcome. If you find the almanach, it is a business directory, not a list of marks. It will be a bit tedious going through the list of orfèvres to find those beginning with M, and then looking at each one to see if that could be your man.
Good luck!
by JayT
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Gilt French spoon
Replies: 8
Views: 846

Re: Gilt French spoon

For 19thC Strasbourg makers, I’ve had success with :
E-Auguste Hoellbeck. Almanach du commerce, de l’industrie, des arts et des métiers de Strasbourg.
I’ve only consulted this in a library; it is not among my references.
Good luck in your continuing research!
by JayT
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Confusing hallmarks on a silver wine taster
Replies: 19
Views: 1465

Re: Confusing hallmarks on a silver wine taster

My pleasure to help.
by JayT
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Confusing hallmarks on a silver wine taster
Replies: 19
Views: 1465

Re: Confusing hallmarks on a silver wine taster

Hello all Yes, the marks are confusing because this is a fantasy piece. As noted before on this forum, wine tasters are the mostly frequently faked French silver objects. They are made by the thousands for the tourist trade as picturesque souvenirs, eventually finding their way to the secondary mark...
by JayT
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Minerva Mark spoon, but unknown artist? help
Replies: 1
Views: 344

Re: Minerva Mark spoon, but unknown artist? help

Welcome to the forum! Thanks for showing nice, clear pictures. You have correctly identified that your spoon was made in France of 950 standard silver between 1838-1972, as indicated by the Minerva head in an octagonal reserve. From the style of the spoon and the engraving, I’d say it was made about...
by JayT
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Sugar tongs - France - export - Makers Mark ??
Replies: 4
Views: 441

Re: Sugar tongs - France - export - Makers Mark ??

#JayT, I had looked this up before, but did not know where I had written it I start to doubt myself. Short memory. The advantage of a bad memory is that one can enjoy the same good things more than once. Thank you for having found my memories, JayT. :) :) Wishing that your memories are always pleas...
by JayT
Sun Sep 09, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Sugar tongs - France - export - Makers Mark ??
Replies: 4
Views: 441

Re: Sugar tongs - France - export - Makers Mark ??

. Roi Francois 1er and Reine Claude (if I'm right) Makers Mark is unclear to me B.C with a wine glass in the center Who can solve this for me. Thanks in advance http://i66.tinypic.com/rjdqib.jpg http://i63.tinypic.com/kew55y.jpg http://i67.tinypic.com/b8vmtu.jpg http://i64.tinypic.com/33kdp8o.jpg H...
by JayT
Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Cannot Identify Hallmarks on this plate
Replies: 2
Views: 701

Re: Cannot Identify Hallmarks on this plate

Wow, those images look very blurry on my monitor, so it is hard to tell what I’m looking at. However, from left to right these appear to be 18th C French marks from Bordeaux. From left to right, the Communauté mark, a maker’s mark, and a charge mark. Only way to confirm is by posting clear marks ple...
by JayT
Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Who is the maker?
Replies: 2
Views: 401

Re: Who is the maker?

Your pierced and engraved 4-piece hors d’oeuvre service was made after 1838 in Paris of 800 standard silver. The handles appear to be mother-of-pearl. The set is presented in a fitted box, retailed by F. Laurent, a jeweller in Bourges. As to the maker, you don’t make this easy. By convention, the ma...
by JayT
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Spoon maker with “rabbit” figural mark. Another Chenailler?
Replies: 5
Views: 524

Re: Spoon maker with “rabbit” figural mark. Another Chenailler?

To add to blakstone’s comprehensive information: -The pointed bowl is a standard shape for teaspoons of the period. They are not grapefruit spoons. The pattern is called Uniplat. -Bigorne marks were stamped as an added guarantee that the object was silver, not as a way to avoid tax fraud. The refere...
by JayT
Sun Aug 26, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Old french? Or historism?
Replies: 3
Views: 451

Re: Old french? Or historism?

These are not French marks.
by JayT
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: 6 Teaspoons. Who is the maker?
Replies: 4
Views: 646

Re: 6 Teaspoons. Who is the maker?

P.S. Here is a bit more info: Lambert & Widow Jozan were the successors of Lambert & Roussel (still no first names) working at the same Paris address - 83 rue Vieille-di-Temple. Lambert and Roussel first registered their mark on 29 March 1847, 2 years prior to Lambert & Widow Jozan. Thei...
by JayT
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: 6 Teaspoons. Who is the maker?
Replies: 4
Views: 646

Re: 6 Teaspoons. Who is the maker?

Your 800 standard silver spoons were made in Paris by Lambert and the widow (veuve) of Jozan. Their symbol was two crossed oars (deux rames en croix). No first names are given in the registry. They made flatware and cutlery at 83 rue Vielle-du-Temple. This mark was registered on 6 March 1849. No end...
by JayT
Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Very rare and solid Silver from Christofle
Replies: 29
Views: 3444

Re: Very rare and solid Silver from Christofle

Hello Dendriet You make me laugh. Hope somebody wins your wonderful prize of a walking tour to Lourdes, barefoot I presume! Congratulations on all your research to date on this object, and thank you for your great photos. I concur that it is a sugar tongs. It does not resemble French asparagus serve...
by JayT
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Please help identify HS mark in a diamond shape
Replies: 7
Views: 998

Re: Please help identify HS mark in a diamond shape

My pleasure to help. From your description it sounds like you have a partial service, with dinner forks, place spoons (what you call serving spoons), dessert forks (what you call salad forks) and dessert spoons (you say soup spoons), and a few coffee spoons. Silver flatware can be repaired by a comp...
by JayT
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Please help identify HS mark in a diamond shape
Replies: 7
Views: 998

Re: Please help identify HS mark in a diamond shape

Good news! Your French flatware is 950 standard silver (higher grade than sterling), as shown by the Minerva head in an octagonal reserve. See here: http://www.925-1000.com/Ffrench_marks.html The maker is Henri Soufflot. See here for more info about this maker: http://www.925-1000.com/Ffrench_makers...
by JayT
Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: No maker mark
Replies: 4
Views: 1061

Re: No maker mark

Not France. What is the rectangular rubbed or erased mark to the left in your image? Have you considered 20thC Japan? Perhaps changing to another forum will yield results.
Good luck in your research!
by JayT
Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Who is the maker of these early 1800 tea spoons?
Replies: 3
Views: 983

Re: Who is the maker of these early 1800 tea spoons?

And his father, Louis Antoine Taillepied, was a well-known silversmith.
by JayT
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: French 19th C silver syringe marks
Replies: 1
Views: 997

Re: French 19th C silver syringe marks

Hello The insect mark is a counter mark, called the bigorne . If you use the search function you’ll find some good info about the counter mark. This mark occurs on the opposite side of the silver standard mark - your distal and outside photos. The silver standard mark hasn’t been cleaned out, but ap...

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