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by JayT
Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Cannot Identify Hallmarks on this plate
Replies: 2
Views: 2483

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: 1786

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: 2437

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: 1128

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: 2211

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: 2211

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: 8781

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: 5663

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: 5663

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: 3096

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: 2232

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: 1901

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: 3540

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: 3540

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: 3395

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: 3395

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: 3395

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: 1899

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: 1899

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...

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