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by JayT
Sun Feb 28, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: Gold - Single Image
Topic: Gold marks on a french 18th snuff box
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Re: Gold marks on a french 18th snuff box

Hello again In the maker’s mark reserve you’ll find a crowned fleur-de-lys with a grain on either side on every piece of 18thC silver or gold from Paris. In addition to the maker’s initials you should also find a symbol specific to the maker. Therefore the crown you see won’t help you identify your ...
by JayT
Sun Feb 28, 2021 10:17 am
Forum: Gold - Single Image
Topic: Gold marks on a french 18th snuff box
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Re: Gold marks on a french 18th snuff box

Hello Here are some comments regarding your box: -Both halves of the box should be marked. -I don’t follow your logic that the majority of Paris makers’ marks beginning with A are for Antoine. You're leaving out all the Alexandre and André, not to mention Ambroise! -In looking at the index in Nocq, ...
by JayT
Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Please help me identify silversmith of the cruet
Replies: 5
Views: 318

Re: Please help me identify silversmith of the cruet

Hello Guido
My pleasure to help.
Now you the full set of Lebrun’s marks - very nice.
Regards
by JayT
Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:41 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Please help me identify silversmith of the cruet
Replies: 5
Views: 318

Re: Please help me identify silversmith of the cruet

Hello Guido Your cruet stand was made by Marc-Augustin Lebrun, symbols a weathervane and an eagle (un girouette et un aigle). Lebrun was a wholesale silver tableware maker and also a jeweller specializing in pearls and diamonds. He worked at 40, quai des Orfèvres, and registered marks in 1810-1811, ...
by JayT
Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: LCF or LGF mark under tines on front of fork?
Replies: 3
Views: 119

Re: LCF or LGF mark under tines on front of fork?

Hello Your fork was made by Le Couvert Français, silverplate manufacturer. Their factory was located in L’Isle-Adam, France. They closed at the end of 1990, and had been in business for about 30 years. By searching a major online auction site, you might be able to discover the name of this pattern. ...
by JayT
Fri Feb 12, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: German, French, Dutch, Russian, Scandinavian or Other - Single Image
Topic: Need help with French maker's mark
Replies: 9
Views: 1650

Re: Need help with French maker's mark

You're welcome. You can find a lot of general info about the marais in Paris by asking Mr. Google. Briefly: many silversmiths worked there in the 17thC to be close to their wealthy and aristocratic clients who were settling the area as it was developed. After the Revolution, the area fell into disus...
by JayT
Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: German, French, Dutch, Russian, Scandinavian or Other - Single Image
Topic: Need help with French maker's mark
Replies: 9
Views: 1650

Re: Need help with French maker's mark

The Société des Orfèvres du Marais was established on 1 January 1963, filed for bankruptcy in 2015, and closed definitively on 4 January 2018. The company was originally located in the area of Paris called Le Marais, or marsh, drained in the 17thC. Thus reeds as a symbol for the company is an approp...
by JayT
Wed Feb 10, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Family crest bird with wheat stalk in beak
Replies: 6
Views: 497

Re: Family crest bird with wheat stalk in beak

Thanks for the clarification. I guess species of bird is not as important as what said bird is holding in its beak.
by JayT
Wed Feb 10, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Family crest bird with wheat stalk in beak
Replies: 6
Views: 497

Re: Family crest bird with wheat stalk in beak

Are you certain this bird is a dove? It might not make a difference for the attribution, but to me this looks like a grouse or a partridge: general profile, feathers on top of head, markings on wings, and legs. Just a thought.
by JayT
Sun Feb 07, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: German, French, Dutch, Russian, Scandinavian or Other - Single Image
Topic: france eyeglass
Replies: 2
Views: 121

Re: france eyeglass

Hello You have the crab silver standard mark for smalls. The butterfly is a guarantee mark for smalls used in the First Division from 1819-1838. There should be an identification of the tax bureau in the middle of the butterfly’s wings, but your image is too blurry on my monitor to make it out. If y...
by JayT
Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: German, French, Dutch, Russian, Scandinavian or Other - Single Image
Topic: Silver watch, France?
Replies: 6
Views: 187

Re: Silver watch, France?

Vacheron & Constantin is one of the “Holy Trinity” of Geneva-based Swiss watchmakers, (along with Patek-Philippe and Audemars-Piguet) known for the quality and luxury of their products. The company has a rich heritage, going back to the 18th Century. If this were my timepiece, I’d write directly...
by JayT
Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Maker of this fork?
Replies: 6
Views: 421

Re: Maker of this fork?

My pleasure to help.
by JayT
Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Maker of this fork?
Replies: 6
Views: 421

Re: Maker of this fork?

Hello Your fork in the Uniplat pattern was made by Pierre-Nicolas Sommé, initials PNS, symbol an acorn with 2 stars on either side (un gland et une étoile de chaque côté). At about 19 cm in length, this is likely a dessert fork (fourchette à entremets) rather than a dinner fork. Sommé, a flatware ma...
by JayT
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: German, French, Dutch, Russian, Scandinavian or Other - Single Image
Topic: Hanau or France?
Replies: 3
Views: 181

Re: Hanau or France?

Not France.
by JayT
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Please help me identify silversmith of Jam container and its spoons
Replies: 5
Views: 351

Re: Please help me identify silversmith of Jam container and its spoons

My pleasure to help Guido. Thanks for your kind remarks.
by JayT
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:11 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Please help me identify silversmith of Jam container and its spoons
Replies: 5
Views: 351

Re: Please help me identify silversmith of Jam container and its spoons

P.S. Normally the spoons with a jam jar are displayed bowl up, facing either in or out.
by JayT
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Please help me identify silversmith of Jam container and its spoons
Replies: 5
Views: 351

Re: Please help me identify silversmith of Jam container and its spoons

Hello Guido Happy New Year! Your jam jar (confiturier) was made in Paris by Pierre Bourguignon, general silversmith, working at 222 rue St-Honoré. His mark was Initials PB, symbols a carafe (un carafon) and a floweret (un fleuron). He registered this mark twice, in 1798, and 1803. He was received as...
by JayT
Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: French Beaker/Timbale 1794-1779 or 1798-1809
Replies: 14
Views: 711

Re: French Beaker/Timbale 1794-1779 or 1798-1809

Your timbale was definitely made in Paris 1798-1809, as indicated by the official silver standard and guarantee marks. As for the maker, Arminjon tells us that Berger’s first lozenge-shaped mark was this second mark that you show with a vase as symbol. The third mark was the same as the second. She ...
by JayT
Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: French Beaker/Timbale 1794-1779 or 1798-1809
Replies: 14
Views: 711

Re: French Beaker/Timbale 1794-1779 or 1798-1809

Hello Thanks for the clear images. According to Arminjon, the leading authority on Paris marks, your object was made by Louis-Jacques Berger, initials L, pellet J B, symbol a vase (un vase). Berger registered 3 marks; this is the second, registered on 24 September 1807. No end dates are given for th...

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