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by JayT
Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: French Oval Serving Platter with Bigorne
Replies: 4
Views: 464

Re: French Oval Serving Platter with Bigorne

P.S. Debain was a manufacturing silversmith, with high production. This type of hollowware would be typical of his manufacture. Dutac on the other hand was a manufacturing jeweller. While jewellers did make silver tableware, a large piece of hollowware would not likely be part of his line of goods. ...
by JayT
Sun Nov 15, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: French Oval Serving Platter with Bigorne
Replies: 4
Views: 464

Re: French Oval Serving Platter with Bigorne

Debain’s symbol is a woodcock (une bécasse). Although I’m a bit ornithologically challenged, my vote goes to Debain as maker of your platter. The long beak and the profile in general of your mark resembles a woodcock to me.
by JayT
Mon Nov 02, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: 18th century French Teaspoon in case
Replies: 4
Views: 189

Re: 18th century French Teaspoon in case

You’re welcome.
I believe I nailed the silversmith attributions. The “wavy” reserve is just a function of time and/or marking on a narrow surface.
Enjoy your spoons.
by JayT
Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: 18th century French Teaspoon in case
Replies: 4
Views: 189

Re: 18th century French Teaspoon in case

Hello Your teaspoons in the Filet Coquille or Shell Thread pattern are nicely made with a chased in thread and reinforcement around the bowl of the spoons. Are they gilt (vermeil)? Stylistically they appear to be from Strasbourg. I’ll go out on a limb here and say several are made by one of the memb...
by JayT
Sun Nov 01, 2020 5:42 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Longshot on a French Vesta Case
Replies: 1
Views: 94

Re: Longshot on a French Vesta Case

Hello The two boar’s head marks indicate that the object was made in Paris, France after 1838 of at least 800 standard silver. There are 2 marks to indicate the object has 2 parts: the lid and the body. As for the mark in the lozenge-shaped reserve, it indeed looks too partial on my monitor to deter...
by JayT
Sun Nov 01, 2020 5:33 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: France to Germany or Germany to France
Replies: 4
Views: 193

Re: France to Germany or Germany to France

Oops the 2 marks are boar’s heads. Sorry for my confusion.
by JayT
Sun Nov 01, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: France to Germany or Germany to France
Replies: 4
Views: 193

Re: France to Germany or Germany to France

Agree that this case was made in France. The 2 crab marks are appropriate, indicating that the object has 2 parts.
by JayT
Sat Oct 24, 2020 3:20 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: BUTTNER
Replies: 6
Views: 317

Re: BUTTNER

Yes, the Buttners were one of those Strasbourg dynasties of silver makers and jewellers. Charles-Auguste’s grandfather was Johann Frederich the elder, and he was the nephew of Johann Frederich the younger, and Johann-Jacob. See: Deux siècles d’orfevrerie à Strasbourg , Strasbourg, Les Musées de Stra...
by JayT
Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: BUTTNER
Replies: 6
Views: 317

Re: BUTTNER

To add to this info, Buttner was from Strasbourg. This spoon in the Filet or Thread pattern was made after 1838 of 800 standard silver.
Regards
by JayT
Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Royal Cypher
Replies: 2
Views: 322

Re: Royal Cypher

Hello
Your cup has an engraved personalization under a coronet. Unless you have good provenance for the object, it will be very difficult to know the exact owner. The angel heads are part of the cup’s decoration, and are not related to the personalization.
Regards
by JayT
Fri Sep 25, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: German Silver
Topic: Help with the mark, please...
Replies: 4
Views: 698

Re: Help with the mark, please...

Hello
Agree that neither the style of the spoons, or the size and placement of the mark have anything to do with French production.
Regards.
by JayT
Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Christofle Wine Bottle Coaster
Replies: 3
Views: 214

Re: Christofle Wine Bottle Coaster

The crown is called a mural crown. It is of Roman origin and often used by municipalities as an expression of their power and authority. Many, many French cities have a mural crown in their coat of arms: Paris, Neuilly-sur-Seine, and Saint-Lô immediately come to mind. My guess is that this is the co...
by JayT
Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Please teach me a little lesson
Replies: 4
Views: 568

Re: Please teach me a little lesson

Hello Not sure I can teach you anything, but here are a few comments. Your pot was made in Bordeaux, mid-18thC, as seen by the crowned B charge mark and the crowned K poinçon de jurande (date and silver standard). Yes, the third mark between these two marks in the last picture is the maker’s mark, b...
by JayT
Fri Aug 28, 2020 1:28 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: French Teapot and Cream Jug
Replies: 7
Views: 632

Re: French Teapot and Cream Jug

My pleasure!
by JayT
Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: French Teapot and Cream Jug
Replies: 7
Views: 632

Re: French Teapot and Cream Jug

Here are some comments on your teapot and milk jug: -Yes they are by Jean Granvigne. His production is known for quality. He was a jobber/wholesaler, making silver to specification for such well-known houses as Odiot, his main customer. -As the service that was sold earlier indicates, he also made p...
by JayT
Sat Aug 22, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: French Maker Marks within Lozenge vs. Square/Rectangle
Replies: 4
Views: 455

Re: French Maker Marks within Lozenge vs. Square/Rectangle

French makers do not plate brass, but rather nickel silver (métal blanc). I’m away from my library now, so can’t give specifics about the history of Alfénide and Christofle. Please use the search function for some good info about Alfénide, and their history and relationship with Christofle. Good luc...
by JayT
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: French Maker Marks within Lozenge vs. Square/Rectangle
Replies: 4
Views: 455

Re: French Maker Marks within Lozenge vs. Square/Rectangle

Hello A French maker’s mark in a lozenge-shaped reserve indicates the object is either 800 or 950 standard silver. The lozenge shape was legislated in 1798, after the Revolution. A silver standard mark must also accompany the maker’s mark. This mark will tell you the standard of the silver used for ...
by JayT
Sun Aug 16, 2020 2:30 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: The swan mark.....again
Replies: 3
Views: 280

Re: The swan mark.....again

You’re welcome Trevor.
by JayT
Sat Aug 15, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: The swan mark.....again
Replies: 3
Views: 280

Re: The swan mark.....again

Hello The swan mark, still in use today, could have been struck either when the candlesticks were imported to France by a dealer or by the then-owner, or when they were placed at auction, by the auction house. The most likely scenario would be the latter, as it would be illegal to sell a silver obje...
by JayT
Mon Jul 27, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Please help me to identify French maker's mark
Replies: 6
Views: 811

Re: Please help me to identify French maker's mark

My pleasure to help. Enjoy your coffee pot! It is from a fine workshop.
As another fun fact, MJG Genu was a supplier to Martin-Guillaume Biennais, Napoleon’s silversmith.

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