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by JayT
Sun Jan 26, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Silver mount on a ceramic (Art nouveau era). Minerve mark but what about the other?
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: Silver mount on a ceramic (Art nouveau era). Minerve mark but what about the other?

The mark in a lozenge shaped reserve (shown upside down here) is the maker’s mark for M.S. & Cie, manufacturing silversmiths located in Paris at 24 rue Chapon. The company registered this mark on 1 March 1914. No end date is given. The S stands for Soufflot as a last name, but no info is given a...
by JayT
Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Probably french? hallmarks on silver and ivory letter opener
Replies: 4
Views: 252

Re: Probably french? hallmarks on silver and ivory letter opener

Oh boy, I’m well aware of the size of French maker’s marks. Their size is regulated, so will be the same for any maker. Your new photos aren’t speaking to me at all. I can’t even tell the first initial: L, E, F? Is the second initial C,G or even B? The symbol in your first set of photos looked like ...
by JayT
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Probably french? hallmarks on silver and ivory letter opener
Replies: 4
Views: 252

Re: Probably french? hallmarks on silver and ivory letter opener

Yes, your letter opener was made in Paris after 1838 as seen by the boar’s head mark used for small objects made of at least 800 standard silver. As for the maker, we would need to get a clearer image of the initials. Perhaps you could clean out the mark and try again, or at least tell us your best ...
by JayT
Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Unknown Maker SL
Replies: 4
Views: 551

Re: Unknown Maker SL

Louis-Charles-Simon Leterne (also Leterme), a jeweller working in Paris at 78, rue Montmartre was the maker. His symbol was a highway marker (une borne). Leterne registered his mark on 19 July 1871. No end date is given.

See Arminjon, v. II, no. 03694, p. 333.
by JayT
Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: French Silver Hallmarks on Vanity Case Crystal Jars
Replies: 4
Views: 388

Re: French Silver Hallmarks on Vanity Case Crystal Jars

My pleasure to help. However, I’m afraid there is no guarantee that Varin made the case as well as the objects contained therein. He might have sub-contracted to a box maker (tablettier), as he undoubtedly did for the crystal containers. Or perhaps as your friend suggested, the box was a later purch...
by JayT
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: French Silver Hallmarks on Vanity Case Crystal Jars
Replies: 4
Views: 388

Re: French Silver Hallmarks on Vanity Case Crystal Jars

Hello - Arminjon doesn’t have much info about your maker, not even his first name or what his symbol represents. He was J.L. Varin, maker of table decorations (garniture de table), and travel toilet cases (nécessaires). He registered his mark twice, once in 1814-15, and once in 1817. No end date is ...
by JayT
Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Unknown Frech maker FL
Replies: 6
Views: 624

Re: Unknown Frech maker FL

You’re welcome.
The symbol is a tool called an awl in English, or alène in French. The last post referenced shows a clear picture of the symbol.
Enjoy your beautiful service!
by JayT
Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Unknown Frech maker FL
Replies: 6
Views: 624

Re: Unknown Frech maker FL

by JayT
Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Unknown Frech maker FL
Replies: 6
Views: 624

Re: Unknown Frech maker FL

Update: François was Labat, not Lebat. Sorry for the typo in the last name. He is your man! He was the successor of Labat & Pugibet, who were in business 1877-1897, using the same symbol of an awl. This mark with the symbol is clearly illustrated in David Allan’s Le couvert et la coutellerie de ...
by JayT
Sat Jan 04, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Unknown Frech maker FL
Replies: 6
Views: 624

Re: Unknown Frech maker FL

The maker of your ice cream service is not listed in Arminjon, and checking the Ministry of Culture database for Paris makers registered after 1878, I suggest the following: François Lebat, manufacturing silversmith located in Paris at 43 rue de Montmorency. He first registered his mark 19 January 1...
by JayT
Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: unusual heavily engraved snuff box,no marks, what country ,age.
Replies: 10
Views: 678

Re: unusual heavily engraved snuff box,no marks, what country ,age.

Well this idle speculation is a fun activity for end-of-the-year festivities! I advance for your consideration that this box is in the taste of Strasbourg, France objects of the period 1775-1820. In particular the pierced and engraved grille, the floral decorations and foliage, the angel heads. So a...
by JayT
Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Need help with maker ML Cie
Replies: 4
Views: 505

Re: Need help with maker ML Ci

Hello Thanks for the update. Given what we assume to be the age of manufacture, this mark should appear in the French Ministry of Culture database for Paris marks registered after 1878, but no luck for M.L. with an ivy leaf symbol. Nor does the maker appear in Arminjon v. I or II. I hope the retaile...
by JayT
Thu Dec 26, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Need help with maker ML Cie
Replies: 4
Views: 505

Re: Need help with maker ML Cie

Hello Thanks for your clear pictures. The maker is not from Paris, but a French province, as seen by the symbol (différent) next to Minerva’s forehead. Unfortunately I can’t quite decipher this squiggle, so can’t tell you where your service was made. However, the retailer Millet jewellers has been i...
by JayT
Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Website Updates & Announcements
Topic: Happy Christmas! - 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 1547

Re: Happy Christmas! - 2019

Merry Christmas to you Trev, and sending all best wishes to you and the moderators who have brought us silvery delights throughout the year.
by JayT
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Assistance with French maker of card case
Replies: 8
Views: 505

Re: Assistance with French maker of card case

Yes the boar’s head mark, used on smalls, indicating silver of at least 800 standard. All marks as they should be.

Maybe I was feeling hungry!
by JayT
Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Assistance with French maker of card case
Replies: 8
Views: 505

Re: Assistance with French maker of card case

My pleasure to help.
Unfortunately a typo crept in. The maker’s name is Alphonse Lassagne. Sorry for the error.
by JayT
Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Assistance with French maker of card case
Replies: 8
Views: 505

Re: Assistance with French maker of card case

Hello This object is a vesta case, as seen by the strike plate on the bottom, with guilloché engraving and a personalization of a stacked monogram (JLG?). It should be marked on both the lid and the body of the case. The maker is Alphonse Lassange, maker of smokers’ items (la tabatière), working in ...
by JayT
Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: German, French, Dutch, Russian, Scandinavian or Other - Single Image
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 13
Views: 978

Re: What is this?

My vote also goes to a sugar bowl. Tea services were quite large and imposing at the time, so this would not have been out of proportion to the rest of the pieces. If the interior is gilt, then a compote for fruit, or a jam dish could be a possibility.
by JayT
Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: German, French, Dutch, Russian, Scandinavian or Other - Single Image
Topic: Help with marks?
Replies: 4
Views: 439

Re: Help with marks?

Sorry, can’t help. They are not French marks.
by JayT
Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Gold Marks - Worldwide
Topic: HELP ID FRENCH GOLD MAKER'S MARK PLEASE :)
Replies: 1
Views: 442

Re: HELP ID FRENCH GOLD MAKER'S MARK PLEASE :)

Hello The Cartier mark would be L.C. for Louis Cartier, so your maker isn’t Cartier. From the style of this attractive piece, I’d say it dates after 1878. Therefore you might check the French Ministry of Culture website for Paris makers registered after 1878. Let us know if one of the O.C. makers li...

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