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by JayT
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: French 19th C silver syringe marks
Replies: 1
Views: 142

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...
by JayT
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Lozenge master silver mark on eye bath
Replies: 10
Views: 992

Re: Lozenge master silver mark on eye bath

@Idoc
Welcome back! The loop has now been closed. It was truly a pleasure to help you research this object. It was one of my favourite posts on the French silver forum in 2017.
by JayT
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Lozenge master silver mark on eye bath
Replies: 10
Views: 992

Re: Lozenge master silver mark on eye bath

@AG2012
The “hole” at the base is not a hole, but rather a Gorgon head mark, and therefore does belong there. All marks are complete and authentic on this object: it is very well marked.
by JayT
Sat May 19, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Hermes box with an unknown master
Replies: 13
Views: 846

Re: Hermes box with an unknown master

Yes, I’m saying Puiforcat was known to have supplied silver to Hermès, and Hermès marked it with their own mark, perfectly legally. Hermès is not the only firm to do this. Odiot for example now outsources all its silver manufacture, yet stamps with their own mark. Puiforcat is a prestigious maker. P...
by JayT
Sat May 19, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Hermes box with an unknown master
Replies: 13
Views: 846

Re: Hermes box with an unknown master

To clarify - I didn’t state that silver marked by Puiforcat was retailed by Hermès, but rather that Puiforcat has been one of the manufacturers who supplied Hermès. In other words, Hermès outsourced silver production to Puiforcat, in addition to other makers, and marked the silver with their own mar...
by JayT
Thu May 17, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Hermes box with an unknown master
Replies: 13
Views: 846

Re: Hermes box with an unknown master

Blakstone is spot on, as always. Hermès were and are saddlers and leather workers - no connection with silver. A visit to the Hermès website and the Wikipedia entry should give you history of the firm. Hermès has always outsourced its silver, porcelain, furniture and other homewares items. In partic...
by JayT
Wed May 16, 2018 3:48 am
Forum: German, French, Dutch, Russian, Scandinavian or Other - Single Image
Topic: R (two conjoined rings) D - France
Replies: 6
Views: 563

Re: R (two conjoined rings) D - France

You’re welcome. Yes, Daraspe is very talented, and a nice person.

France adopted the 925 sterling standard in 1972 in accordance with EU ruling. The new standard mark is called la petite Minerve in French. For full information about this mark, please see Tardy, 20th edition.
by JayT
Sat May 12, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: German, French, Dutch, Russian, Scandinavian or Other - Single Image
Topic: R (two conjoined rings) D - France
Replies: 6
Views: 563

Re: R (two conjoined rings) D - France

This is the maker’s mark and signature of Roland Daraspe. He is a contemporary silversmith working near Lyon. I’m away from my library now, so can’t give you more info, but you could visit his website to find out about him and his work. There are not many silversmith/designers left in France. Darasp...
by JayT
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: 18th Century snuff box
Replies: 5
Views: 603

Re: 18th Century snuff box

Agree that these marks are spurious.
by JayT
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Help with makers mark, French silver tray
Replies: 4
Views: 377

Re: Help with makers mark, French silver tray

Spot on. Neither the style or the marks are French 18th C.
by JayT
Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Chalice
Replies: 2
Views: 641

Re: Chalice

Hello and welcome! To get the best feedback on your item, you would have to present clear pictures of the marks. They look too blurry on my monitor to make any comment. However, in terms of style, this item doesn’t appear to be early 18thC from the north of France. Also, looking at the underside, it...
by JayT
Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Hallmarks on Spoon
Replies: 3
Views: 455

Re: Hallmarks on Spoon

Hello Louis
I should have specified that what I believe are the charge nad discharge marks for Bordeaux 1780-1789 are for small objects. See Tardy, 20th edition, p.145, 4th row.
Good luck in your continuing research!
by JayT
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Hallmarks on Spoon
Replies: 3
Views: 455

Re: Hallmarks on Spoon

Hello Louis Here are some thoughts: -This appears to be a coffee spoon (you don’t give length) from Bordeaux, mid- late eighteenth C. They are called “cuiller à café boule” and are characteristic of Bordeaux. It would be helpful if you could show the attachment of the stem to the bowl on the reverse...
by JayT
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Maker GB?
Replies: 4
Views: 599

Re: Maker GB?

You’re welcome.
by JayT
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: French maker mark SH?
Replies: 5
Views: 451

Re: French maker mark SH?

You’re welcome.
by JayT
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Maker GB?
Replies: 4
Views: 599

Re: Maker GB?

You certainly don’t make this easy. Kindly in the future present clear photos of clean marks. Your knives (dessert? dinner? You don’t give length) in a rococo style pattern were made by Guillaume Denière, a flatware maker working in Paris at several addresses. Intials GD, symbol a spoon with a roset...
by JayT
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: French maker mark SH?
Replies: 5
Views: 451

Re: French maker mark SH?

P.S. David Allan illustrates two serving pieces in this rococo pattern: a master butter knife and an asparagus server.

Allan, David. Le couvert et la coutellerie de table française du XIXe siècle. Dijon, Éditions Faton, 2007. Pages 153 and 193.
by JayT
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: French maker mark SH?
Replies: 5
Views: 451

Re: French maker mark SH?

Correct, Henri Soufflot, working in Paris at 89 rue Turbigo. Registered 12 April 1884, erased 9 November 1910. Successor of Henri Chenailler and succeeded by Olier & Caron.
These are oyster forks.
by JayT
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: German, French, Dutch, Russian, Scandinavian or Other - Single Image
Topic: I need help please ...
Replies: 2
Views: 605

Re: I need help please ...

To help you we would need to see clear, sharp pictures of both marks. Please also present marks that have been cleaned out to show detail.

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