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by blakstone
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Silver goblet identity
Replies: 5
Views: 209

Re: Silver goblet identity

I am reasonably certain that the marks used 1808-1834 and 1834-1846 were not those of father and son, but one person: Pierre Francois Queille. The four generations of Queilles were: Pierre Francois Queille Born: 13 Jan 1781, Paris, 5th arrondissement, son of Pierre Queille & Gabrielle Soyez Marr...
by blakstone
Tue May 28, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Need help with this spoon, mystery marks?
Replies: 3
Views: 459

Re: Need help with this spoon, mystery marks?

Zurich is correct; the maker is Hans Conrad Lavater (1660-1735; master 1684). I would date this spoon around 1700. Nice find!

Ref: Eva-Maria Lösel, Zürcher Goldschmiedemunst (Zürich: Berichthaus, 1983), p. 241, maker/marks #337
by blakstone
Mon May 20, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: American Sterling & Coin Silver - Single Image
Topic: Maker ID Please Coin Silver ladle L. C*****
Replies: 8
Views: 2380

Re: Maker ID Please Coin Silver ladle L. C*****

Louis Gabriel Couvertié Born: 7 Oct 1778, St. Marc, San Domingue (now Haiti), son of Jean Couvertié (1738-1811) and Marie Ann Brandy Married, ca. 1799, probably San Domingue, to Marguerite Kunt (ca. 1777 - 1865) Died: 23 Jun 1844, New Orleans, Louisiana Couvertié came to New Orleans as one of the ma...
by blakstone
Sat May 18, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Unknown silver marks, maybe European?
Replies: 3
Views: 609

Re: Unknown silver marks, maybe European?

"1" = date code for 1857; "PACE" = maker Paolo Pace, registered 5 May 1855
by blakstone
Mon May 06, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Help ID "FERRY" makers mark please?
Replies: 2
Views: 522

Re: Help ID "FERRY" makers mark please?

Very strange – I think the listing at the patrimony site must have some error, given the incomplete and contradictory information. But I did some hunting and was able to identify the maker “Ferry” as Jean Lucien Ferry Born: 16 Mar 1855, Paris, 2nd arrondissement, son of Jean Emile Ferry, spur maker,...
by blakstone
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Small Spoon Crab Guarantee & Butterfly Mark?
Replies: 2
Views: 2254

Re: Small Spoon Crab Guarantee & Butterfly Mark?

Your interpretation is exactly right in nearly every respect. The butterfly is indeed a divisional punch for small silver items in use 1819-1838 and the crab mark is a post-1838 re-assay mark. And, yes, the two marks did use different bigornes, the 1819-1838 ones being less intricate and detailed th...
by blakstone
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Maker LS of 1805 tastevin
Replies: 5
Views: 1047

Re: Maker LS of 1805 tastevin

Correction: "Tardy gives only the 1819-1838 table."
by blakstone
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Maker LS of 1805 tastevin
Replies: 5
Views: 1047

Re: Maker LS of 1805 tastevin

As I've mentioned before, the numbers in French marks correspond to the official départemental numbers of each particular regime; the assay office numbers used in the first three post-revolutionary series of marks – First Republic (1798-1809), Empire (1809-1819), and Restauration (1819-1838) – are a...
by blakstone
Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Maker LS of 1805 tastevin
Replies: 5
Views: 1047

Re: Maker LS of 1805 tastevin

This is not a Parisian maker (as evidenced by the provincial first standard rooster with the "1" on the left), so you will first need to identify the assay office. You need to clean the guarantee mark (the mark in the center of your third image, to the right of the rooster) and see if you ...
by blakstone
Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Identification of this French Sifter
Replies: 5
Views: 1582

Re: Identification of this French Sifter

I don’t think Gustave Veyrat is correct; the French Architectural & Patrimony website describes his 1894-1911 mark as “GV with a wineglass”. The mark here, though worn, is almost certainly “VEYRAT” with two stars: the mark of Jean Francois Veyrat (ca 1786-1868) and his son and successor Augustin...
by blakstone
Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Spanish silver, I think
Replies: 11
Views: 1472

Re: Spanish silver, I think

Funkel - Can you tell us the source of your images? It looks like an interesting reference!
by blakstone
Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Spanish silver, I think
Replies: 11
Views: 1472

Re: Spanish silver, I think

Yes, the assayer's and maker's marks on Spanish silver can look very, very similar, particularly in the 19th century; without a definitive list of assayers or makers for a city it can be nigh impossible to tell which is which. Fortunately, there is a reasonably comprehensive list of Cordoba assayers...
by blakstone
Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Spanish silver, I think
Replies: 11
Views: 1472

Re: Spanish silver, I think

Crístobal José de Leon was the secondary assayer in Córdoba from May 1855 until Sep 1881; the “C. LEON” mark is his, and the digits on top the date: (18)59 or (18)69. “A. Monserrat” is likely the maker, though who that might be I don’t know. This looks perfectly genuine to me.
by blakstone
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Mystery 18th c French (colonial?) bowl
Replies: 8
Views: 1875

Re: Mystery 18th c French (colonial?) bowl

Definitely Jean-Pierre Alquier. From 1701 until the Napoleonic occupation in 1798, Geneva had three different silver standards which were marked differently: First standard: 11 deniers (.915) - struck with the Warden's mark and the maker's mark. Second standard: 10 deniers (.833) - struck twice with...
by blakstone
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: help me please !!!
Replies: 4
Views: 990

Re: help me please !!!

Louis Jude Benoit Born: 28 Oct 1806, Villeneuve-la-Guyard, Yonne, son of Stanislaus Augustine Benoit, butcher & Catherine Adelaide Courceau Married: 5 Nov 1829, to Marie Marguerite Berteau Died: 16 Dec 1870, Paris, boulevard Beaumarchais 46, 11th arrondissement In 1858 he entered into partnersh...
by blakstone
Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Unknown Mark - Fish and Shield
Replies: 4
Views: 868

Re: Unknown Mark - Fish and Shield

The fish is a Zurich assayer's mark used 1830-1833 (although which of the two assay masters of the period - Otto Heinrich Wiskemann or David Conrad Fries II - is not known) and the maker's mark is that of Johannes Weber IV (1784-1846, master 1806) Ref: Hanspeter Lanz, Weltliches Silber 2 (Zürich: Sc...
by blakstone
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Please help me identify the french silversmith of the salts
Replies: 6
Views: 1916

Re: Please help me identify the french silversmith of the salts

During this period, departement 93 was Seine-et-Marne; its assay office was in the city of Melun. Unfortunately, I do not know of a reference which covers Empire era makers of the region.

Hope this helps!
by blakstone
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Who does this mark belong to?
Replies: 2
Views: 929

Re: Who does this mark belong to?

Silverplate from the Berndorf Metalware Factory in Berndorf, Austria. See here: Marks of Berndorf Metalware Factory.
by blakstone
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Who is this maker JD?
Replies: 2
Views: 1257

Re: Who is this maker JD?

Francois Julien Doyen

Born: 12 Sep 1812, Paris, 5e arrondissement, son of Louis Julien Elenore Doyen & Angelique Antoinette Brunier
Married: 26 Aug 1835, Paris, 11e arrondissement, to Anna Francoise Beyerle
Died: 13 Aug 1869, Paris, 1er arrondissement, 24 place Dauphine
by blakstone
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: French?
Replies: 10
Views: 2760

Re: French?

Great find and great call on ca. 1730/60 Switzerland! The maker is Jean-Pierre Dautun (1704-1768) of Morges, canton Vaud, the arms of which form the city mark here; the “XI” is the fineness: 11 deniers (.916). Dautun was a fine maker and the father of Pierre-Henri Dautun of the famous late 18th cent...

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