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by JayT
Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Who is JB? Teaspoons
Replies: 4
Views: 347

Re: Who is JB? Teaspoons

Hello
My pleasure to help.
Yes, 950 standard silver has great lustre, and doesn’t need polishing often, in my experience. It is a good idea not to over polish, as you will lose detail of the pattern. You might now want to give your spoons a rest from polishing.
Best regards,
JayT
by JayT
Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Who is JB? Teaspoons
Replies: 4
Views: 347

Re: Who is JB? Teaspoons

Your spoons were made by Jules Boivin, maker of small tableware in Paris at 15, rue des Quatre-Fils. He registered his mark on 20 January 1862, erased on 1 February 1881. Jules Boivin was the successor of Nicolas Vautrin, a ring maker. Jules Boivin was succeeded in turn by his son, Victor Boivin in ...
by JayT
Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Please help me identify silversmith of the cruet
Replies: 3
Views: 634

Re: Please help me identify silversmith of the cruet

My pleasure Guido.
by JayT
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Please help me identify silversmith of the cruet
Replies: 3
Views: 634

Re: Please help me identify silversmith of the cruet

Hello Guido Here is some information about your cruet. You have the crowned A charge mark in use in Paris from 1768-1774, and the discharge mark for large objects - a woman’s head facing right - for the same period. The date letter H indicates that the object was made in 1771. The crown on the H has...
by JayT
Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Unknown mark
Replies: 3
Views: 679

Re: Unknown mark

The maker’s mark should be close to the rim of the teapot, and also on the lid. Good luck in your hunt!
by JayT
Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Identification of this French Buckle
Replies: 5
Views: 1122

Re: Identification of this French Buckle

You’re welcome.
by JayT
Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Identification of this French Buckle
Replies: 5
Views: 1122

Re: Identification of this French Buckle

My pleasure to help.

The symbol is called une hotte - a hood - either a garment or an exhaust hood over a stove. Looks like a garment to me, like Santa Claus wears, but maybe I’m just thinking seasonally!
by JayT
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Identification of this French Buckle
Replies: 5
Views: 1122

Re: Identification of this French Buckle

Your buckle was made of 800 standard silver between 1819-1838 as shown by the head of Rafhaël facing left in an oval reserve. The second mark is blurred on my monitor, but should be the guaranty mark. The maker’s mark appears to be that of Louis Balthazard, maker of smalls (la petite orfèvrerie) and...
by JayT
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Shakers-Diamond "C-over-A & Hammer"
Replies: 4
Views: 1735

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: 1996

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: 1996

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: 3349

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: 3349

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: 1097

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: 1361

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: 1361

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: 1785

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: 1191

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: 1560

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: 775

Re: Old french? Or historism?

These are not French marks.

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