French Hallmark on early Buffet flute

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French Hallmark on early Buffet flute

Postby Jon_sparky » Sun Sep 18, 2016 6:28 pm

Hi,
I restore antique flutes, from late 18th century, through to lat 19th century, I am currently working on a French flute made by Denis Buffet. The silver keys are hallmarked, but I haven't found what I think is the Guarantee Mark on the side of the key. I am thinking the flute was made around 1790-1810.
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Any info would be greatly appreciated!
Jon

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Re: French Hallmark on early Buffet flute

Postby JayT » Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:18 am

Hello
Is there any way you could sharpen the images? The top one especially looks very blurry on my monitor. I'd like to help, but need better visuals. Thanks.

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Re: French Hallmark on early Buffet flute

Postby admin » Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:13 pm

Hi

It is the small guarantee mark for the provinces, used 1809-1819, form is a fasces (rotate view 90 degrees counterclockwise).

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Re: French Hallmark on early Buffet flute

Postby Jon_sparky » Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:22 pm

Thanks Tom, that is helpful!

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Re: French Hallmark on early Buffet flute

Postby Jon_sparky » Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:28 pm

Jay, I will try to get a better shot of that Hallmark and post it. There are 4 keys with that mark, so one might show up better...

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Re: French Hallmark on early Buffet flute

Postby Jon_sparky » Sat Oct 08, 2016 11:52 pm

Here is a little better image of the makers mark.
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Any ideas?

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Re: French Hallmark on early Buffet flute

Postby Jon_sparky » Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:45 pm

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Found it, but there is still a question; the hatchet and the boar head are on the same keys, the hatchet fascest is dated at 1810 which fits the age of the flute, however the boar head is 1838? This is late for this flute maker.


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