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by JayT
Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Please help me identify silversmith of the cruet
Replies: 3
Views: 1765

Re: Please help me identify silversmith of the cruet

Hello Guido
Glad you’re feeling better.
JayT
by JayT
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Silver Reference Books Section?
Replies: 6
Views: 2011

Re: Silver Reference Books Section?

For starters, you could try the Library tab at the top of this page. It has 3 pull-down tabs.
by JayT
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Gold Marks - Worldwide
Topic: french silver and enamel box
Replies: 8
Views: 2864

Re: french silver and enamel box

Tronquoy is a possibility. His symbol was an insect leg (une patte d’insecte). Tronquoy was a snuff- box maker (la tabatière) working in Paris at 8 rue des Prouvaires from 1827-1871. See Arminjon, v. I, no.03276, p.319. Hope this helps. Moderators: Do you think this post should be moved to the gold ...
by JayT
Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Gold Marks - Worldwide
Topic: french silver and enamel box
Replies: 8
Views: 2864

Re: french silver and enamel box

Hello This is an interesting box. The design motif on the lid, which you show upside down, is Turkish tourgha, about which I don’t know much. I’m sure more knowledgeable members can tell you about this. The mark you show of the head of Hippocrates facing right in a six-sided reserve, is the mark for...
by JayT
Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Unknown Marks and French Control Mark struck twice - why?
Replies: 4
Views: 1341

Re: Unknown Marks and French Control Mark struck twice - why?

A quick clarification: the swan did not cease being marked in 1970, but rather continues today to indicate silver of unknown origin, or silver of unknown origin sold at public auction. The swan can’t be used to definitively date an object.
by JayT
Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Silver spoon marked Aubert
Replies: 2
Views: 1195

Re: Silver spoon marked Aubert

A few thoughts on your spoon: -It is French, made after 1838 of 950 standard silver, as indicated by the Minerva head. The pattern is called Filet or Thread. -Your picture is too blurry on my monitor to see whether Minerva has a symbol under her chin. If she does, this would indicate the department ...
by JayT
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Help for this french's marks
Replies: 10
Views: 2269

Re: Help for this french's marks

Cheers to you Peter! If it is French, it was nice to see it, as the mark was used in the provinces for 1 year only in 1809.
Regards,
JayT
by JayT
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Help for this french's marks
Replies: 10
Views: 2269

Re: Help for this french's marks

Hello As oel points out, you have an interesting collection of marks on this covered bowl. Starting from photo 4, right to left: -As oel states, a silver standard mark of a walking rooster in an octagonal reserve for 800 standard silver used 1798-1809. We know it is from the provinces because 2 is a...
by JayT
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Help for this french's marks
Replies: 10
Views: 2269

Re: Help for this french's marks

Your photos have been blocked and are not visible.
by JayT
Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Book for Moroccan marks?
Replies: 2
Views: 1445

Re: Book for Moroccan marks?

For international marks I recommend Tardy’s Poinçons dargent, 20th edition.

There are 2 pages of marks for Morocco (p. 299-301). Please note this book doesn’t include maker’s marks.
by JayT
Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Lozenge master silver mark on eye bath
Replies: 10
Views: 3540

Re: Lozenge master silver mark on eye bath

Hello blakstone
Nice finally to have a dialogue about this wonderful object. So Blaquière it is for the maker. Your additional research on his places of business is interesting.

Hope the OP eventually returns to find all this info!
by JayT
Mon Dec 25, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Napoleon Bonaparte’s spoon?
Replies: 9
Views: 3858

Re: Napoleon Bonaparte’s spoon?

It is always useful to analyze an object by comparing it to spoons known to have belonged to Napoleon, so thank you for sharing it with us. I haven’t seen the online listing, so don’t know what claims are being made, or by whom. But on the face of it, I believe this spoon is a fake for the following...
by JayT
Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Lozenge master silver mark on eye bath
Replies: 10
Views: 3540

Re: Lozenge master silver mark on eye bath

Since the OP has not returned, I’m continuing my monologue on this Neoclassical style eye bath. In looking again at the maker’s mark, I don’t believe the initial is an R, as the OP stated, and I do see a hint of a second initial. The lower part of the lozenge was cut off inadvertently when the objec...
by JayT
Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Website Updates & Announcements
Topic: Happy Christmas! - 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 9209

Re: Happy Christmas! - 2017

All the best to moderators and administrators who have brought much silver joy to members in 2017!
by JayT
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Lozenge master silver mark on eye bath
Replies: 10
Views: 3540

Re: Lozenge master silver mark on eye bath

Talking to myself here. While casting another admiring glance at your eyebath, I do see the guarantee mark in your first picture on the lower rim: a Gorgon head in an oval reserve for medium objects. All three marks as they shoud be.
by JayT
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Lozenge master silver mark on eye bath
Replies: 10
Views: 3540

Re: Lozenge master silver mark on eye bath

Congratulations on your find. The vieillard mark, or head of Michelangelo facing right in an octagonal reserve, is the silver standard mark used in Paris for 950 standard silver from 1819- 1838 . See: http://www.925-1000.com/Ffrench_marks.html You should also have a guarantee mark somewhere on the o...
by JayT
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Please Help Identify French Maker's Mark
Replies: 6
Views: 1620

Re: Please Help Identify French Maker's Mark

Yes, this is the Minerva head used after 1972. The 1 at the base of the head on the left indicates silver standard of 925; the letter at the base of the head on the right is a date indicator, in this case D for 2002-2012; the mark on the top right is a symbol or différand indicating the assay office...
by JayT
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Need help identifying marks
Replies: 3
Views: 1289

Re: Need help identifying marks

You’re welcome.

The objects by Gonthier in the Met are part of the Jacques Helft donation. Helft was a famous French antiques dealer who had very good taste in silver!
by JayT
Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Help for a french maker's mark
Replies: 5
Views: 1395

Re: Help for a french maker's mark

My pleasure!
by JayT
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Need help identifying marks
Replies: 3
Views: 1289

Re: Need help identifying marks

I’m not sure why you think this spoon is Dutch. To me, your spoon in the Thread or Filet pattern was made in Paris in 1781 of 950 standard silver. You show the silver standard / date letter mark of a crowned S for 1781, the charge mark of a crowned A used 1780-1789, and an export mark of a ewer for ...

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