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by blakstone
Wed Oct 13, 2021 11:55 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: French Key Holder?
Replies: 8
Views: 614

Re: French Key Holder?

"16" during the 1839-1838 period was the department of Charente-Inferieure (now called Charente-Maritime), and there were two assay offices there, in La Rochelle and Saintes, the latter being distinguished by the addition a pellet or small raised dot in the mark alongside the numeral "...
by blakstone
Mon Oct 11, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Unknown French silversmith
Replies: 3
Views: 164

Re: Unknown French silversmith

Hippolyte-Pierre Bompard Born: 25 Apr 1806, Paris, 11th arrondissement, son of Gabriel Jacques Andre Bompard & Marie Josephine Lefevre Married: 9 Dec 1837, Paris, 4th arrondissement, to Eugenie Victoire Lebaudy Died: 12 Aug 1872, Paris, 6th arrondissement His father Gabriel was also a silversmi...
by blakstone
Mon Oct 11, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Unknown French mark & maker
Replies: 3
Views: 162

Re: Unknown French mark & maker

The make is Jean Louis-Galliot of Lyon; see this thread for more information: Provincial Marks: Galliot? Tete d'Antilope?

I should note that the reference I give in that thread illustrates a very similar neoclassical-style sucrier by Galliot on p. 15.
by blakstone
Thu Sep 16, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Where is this candlestick from?
Replies: 6
Views: 1232

Re: Where is this candlestick from?

I have seen these marks attributed to Iran/Persia, I think mostly because of the radiant sun around the maker's mark, which also appear on the national arms. I think it's a reasonable guess; the Latin letters in the maker's mark could well have been used during the post-1925 modernization era.
by blakstone
Wed Jul 28, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: German Silver
Topic: Set of 6 Tilsit Captains Teaspoons
Replies: 1
Views: 867

Re: Set of 6 Tilsit Captains Teaspoons

The woman leaning on the anchor is the traditional personification of Hope. It is not necessarily nautical: the anchor provides stability and security and thus became a symbol of hope. That said, it was a popular motif among sailors (and especially their wives) as a token of safe passage. Nice spoons!
by blakstone
Thu Jun 17, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: French maker with AEG initials
Replies: 7
Views: 1532

Re: French maker with AEG initials

It is odd, but there is no question that Giroux died on 24 Apr 1809; his death certificate was re-registered in 1872 from a notarial copy of 1810 associated with his succession, and the date is confirmed by his appearance the 1809 table of decedents in the old 7th & 8th arrondissements, similarl...
by blakstone
Thu Jun 17, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Help with French Maker
Replies: 4
Views: 2057

Re: Help with French Maker

Nicolas Edme Picard Born: 1 Jun 1810, Montargis, Loiret, son of Nicolas Picard & Anne Elisabeth Barthelemy Married: 4 Apr 1837, Paris, 6th arrondissement, to Marie Pauline Desplat (1807-1890) Died: 1877/1881 The exact date and place of his death has so far eluded me, but I have determined that ...
by blakstone
Thu Jun 17, 2021 2:35 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: French maker with AEG initials
Replies: 7
Views: 1532

Re: French maker with AEG initials

Abel Etienne Toussaint Gabriel Giroux

Born: ca. 1766, Paris, son of Rene Henri Giroux & Francois Gruardet
Married: 25 Jul 1795 [7 Thermidor an III], Paris, 11th arrondissement, to Julie Fortier
Died: 24 Apr 1809, Paris, 8th arrondissement
by blakstone
Sun Jun 06, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: European Jewelry
Topic: Please help ID French maker's mark on brooch
Replies: 5
Views: 2208

Re: Please help ID French maker's mark on brooch

This cameo is almost certainly carved from a single piece of onyx: a variety of banded chalcedony. The art of the cameo carver was the ability to create an image in relief from the white layer, leaving the black layer as the background, with the depth of the white layer thinned to provide shadows an...
by blakstone
Thu Jun 03, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: European Jewelry
Topic: Please help ID French maker's mark on brooch
Replies: 5
Views: 2208

Re: Please help ID French maker's mark on brooch

Charles-Jacob Schaeffer Born: 22 Nov 1806, Paris, son of Jean Jacob Schaeffer & Marie Anne Charlotte Lendre Married 1st: 2 Jul 1833, to Appoline Celestine Challot Married 2nd: 2 Oct 1841, to Justine Eliza Grunder Died: 6 Feb 1888, Deuil-la-Barre,Val d’Oise His mark – CS with four arrows creatin...
by blakstone
Wed Jun 02, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: Contributors' Notes
Topic: Chasing Silver: the Story of Gorham Silver
Replies: 0
Views: 402

Chasing Silver: the Story of Gorham Silver

Hoping this is the correct place to post this (though wishing it could go somewhere that has a bit more traffic). I wanted to let members know that Rhode Island PBS recently aired a three-part documentary on the history of Gorham Silver. It’s really very well done, including not only the history of ...
by blakstone
Wed May 26, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: 1835 Paris Snuff Box
Replies: 7
Views: 1502

Re: 1835 Paris Snuff Box

François Etienne Hyvelin LePrince Born: ca 1786, Paris, son of François Elisabeth Hyvelin LePrince, master silversmith & Marie Eulalie Riché Married 1st: 28 Dec 1809, Marie Marguerite Sophie Carrie (d. 1815) Married 2nd: 12 Jan 1817, Caroline Fany de la Marre Died: 19 Apr 1827, Paris The family...
by blakstone
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Identification of French maker of Snuff Box
Replies: 4
Views: 1283

Re: Identification of French maker of Snuff Box

Claude-Louis Jonquoy

Born: 8 Oct 1788, Paris, 5th arr., son of Claude Jonquoy and Nicole Escur dite Lasserre
Married: 15 Mar 1813, Paris, 5th arr., to Marie Madeleine Boissade
Died: 12 Mar 1861, Paris, 9th arr.
by blakstone
Thu Mar 18, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: German, French, Dutch, Russian, Scandinavian or Other - Single Image
Topic: Italian maker
Replies: 7
Views: 1287

Re: Italian maker

I’m a little puzzled about the date myself. The law changing the marks was passed on 30 Jan 1968, but would not go in to effect until it was approved by the full legislature and published in the Official Gazette. It was approved on 30 Dec 1970 and officially published on 17 Aug 1971. The legistlatio...
by blakstone
Mon Mar 08, 2021 6:32 pm
Forum: German, French, Dutch, Russian, Scandinavian or Other - Single Image
Topic: france eyeglass
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Re: france eyeglass

Given the date and location, and that the mark is on a pair of eyeglasses, I am reasonably confident that your piece is by a member of the Cozette dynasty of spectacle makers in Songeons, which is only about 25km from Beauvais and whose silver manufacturers were under the jurisdiction of the Beauvai...
by blakstone
Sun Feb 28, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Empire cabaret.Silversmith Ambroise Mignerot
Replies: 4
Views: 1589

Re: Empire cabaret.Silversmith Ambroise Mignerot

It is a persistent error that the "Greek woman's head mark" was used only in the late 18th century; see this thread - Antique Oil and Vinegar Set - for more information. The mark is known to have appeared on pieces up to the 1830s. Your (very attractive) piece dates to 1809-1819, as noted.
by blakstone
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Please help me identify silversmith of the cruet
Replies: 5
Views: 1654

Re: Please help me identify silversmith of the cruet

Marc Augustin Lebrun Born: 7 May 1782, Paris, son of Jean Jacques Lebrun & Brigitte Colne Married: 1809, to Marie Adelaide Victoire Pinta (ca. 1782-1828) Died: 21 Jun 1859, Paris Lebrun was a very important manufacturer who spanned both French Empires. He studied under Jean Baptiste Claude Odio...
by blakstone
Wed Feb 17, 2021 1:15 pm
Forum: German Silver
Topic: Silver sugar tongs from ?
Replies: 2
Views: 980

Re: Silver sugar tongs from ?

Trademark & psuedo-mark attributed to Wolf & Knell of Hanau; see their listing under Pseudo-Hallmarks on Hanau Silver
by blakstone
Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Please help me identify silversmith of Jam container and its spoons
Replies: 5
Views: 1571

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

Pierre Joseph Bourguignon Baptized: 30 Oct 1757, Dinant sur la Meuse, Namur, Belgium, son of Perpete Ignance Bourguignon & Marie Josephe Lelivre Married: 1795, to Jeanne Catherine Eleonore Dutry, daughter of Antoine Dutry & Louise Eleonore Boulanger Died: 18 Oct 1830, Paris Augustin Louis C...

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