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by JayT
Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Christofle Wine Bottle Coaster
Replies: 2
Views: 64

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: 270

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: 395

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: 395

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: 322

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: 322

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: 178

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: 178

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: 637

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.
by JayT
Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Please help me to identify French maker's mark
Replies: 6
Views: 637

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

Hello and welcome to the forum! Your coffee pot in the Neoclassical style was made in Paris of 950 standard silver as seen by the silver standard mark of a walking cock in an octagonal reserve with a border, and the guarantee mark of a Minerva head facing right in a circular reserve. These marks wer...
by JayT
Sat Jul 25, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Can anyone assist on a maker for these tongs?
Replies: 6
Views: 406

Re: Can anyone assist on a maker for these tongs?

You’re welcome.

Best to post soon, as many will be on vacation in August far from their libraries, despite the pandemic.
by JayT
Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Can anyone assist on a maker for these tongs?
Replies: 6
Views: 406

Re: Can anyone assist on a maker for these tongs?

P.S. I now realize that the mark to the right of the maker’s mark is a silver standard mark used for 1 year in 1797. It is a wolf head in an oval reserve with the number 1 above the snout for 950 standard silver. It was superfluous for the maker to use this mark in addition to the cock mark, but the...
by JayT
Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Can anyone assist on a maker for these tongs?
Replies: 6
Views: 406

Re: Can anyone assist on a maker for these tongs?

Hello Your tongs were made by François-Joseph Meresse, a buckle maker (la boucle) working in Paris at 100 rue de la Verrerie. He registered his mark FJM, symbol a fly (une mouche) in 1798. No end date is given. See Arminjon, v. I, no. 01152, p. 142. In addition to the maker’s mark you have the silve...
by JayT
Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: ID assist maker of skewers with 18th C. Paris marks and other marks please
Replies: 3
Views: 289

Re: ID assist maker of skewers with 18th C. Paris marks and other marks please

Thanks for your kind remarks.
Always a pleasure to help a fellow silver-lover.
by JayT
Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: ID assist maker of skewers with 18th C. Paris marks and other marks please
Replies: 3
Views: 289

Re: ID assist maker of skewers with 18th C. Paris marks and other marks please

Hello Your skewers or hâtelets were made by Clément-Isidore Boucher. These could be meat or game bird skewers depending on length. Boucher had a somewhat unusual trajectory: rather than doing a standard apprenticeship, on 21 April 1784 he applied to become a master in Beaumont sur Oise with letters ...
by JayT
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: House of Bourbon Cypher on Emile Puiforcat Servers
Replies: 5
Views: 550

Re: House of Bourbon Cypher on Emile Puiforcat Servers

I concur with AG2012 that this is not a Bourbon monogram.
The server on the left is called une pelle à tarte, used for serving pastries or tarts.
The pattern is called Uniplat, or sometimes Vieux Paris.
Regards.
by JayT
Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: French Silver Lorgnettes
Replies: 1
Views: 247

Re: French Silver Lorgnettes

Hello Your item was made by Delabre-Desmoulins-Muneaux & Cie, spectacle makers (la lunetterie), working in Paris at 92 rue des Gravilliers. They first registered their mark on 14 January 1859, erased on 1 April 1862. Their symbol was a footed candelabra (un candélabre à pied). Going forward, it ...
by JayT
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Sugar basket maker
Replies: 6
Views: 483

Re: Sugar basket maker

My pleasure to help.
Regards
by JayT
Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Sugar basket maker
Replies: 6
Views: 483

Re: Sugar basket maker

Your sugar basket was made in Paris between 1817-1838 as seen by the silver standard mark of a Minerva head facing left in a circular reserve for 950 standard silver. All parts of the object - base, mounts, lid - should be marked. The maker was D.G. Garreau, working in Paris at 62, rue du Temple. He...

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