Need help with French maker's mark

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monte100
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Need help with French maker's mark

Postby monte100 » Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:03 am

Hi,

OK, I give up! I have used all my resources and still cannot find this maker's mark. It is on a large sterling silver serving tray which carries the Minerva mark with the figure 1 top right so I know it is French and 950/100 silver.

The first part is simple as it is Ste which, I believe, stands for Société but it is not the mark for Société Parisienne d'orfèvrerie which has an anchor and this one seems to have some type of plant.

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Anybody got any ideas?

Thank you

monte100
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Re: Need help with French maker's mark

Postby monte100 » Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:07 am

Oops, I put the image upside down - sorry

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JayT
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Re: Need help with French maker's mark

Postby JayT » Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:55 pm

Hello
First, France didn’t use the sterling standard (925) until 1972, to be in compliance with European Union regulations. You don’t show the Minerva mark, so it is impossible to say if your object dates prior to 1972 or has the post-1972 Minerva head, indicating 950 standard silver.
Second, a look at Minerva might let you know if this is a provincial object or a Paris object. The province will be indicated by a symbol under the chin. By the mark you show alone, it doesn’t appear to be a Paris maker.
Good luck with further research on your tray.

Zilver2
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Re: Need help with French maker's mark

Postby Zilver2 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:43 pm

Hi,
This mark SteOM belongs to the "Société d'Orfèvrerie du Marais", prédécessor of the actual society at 1 rue Robert et Sonia Delaunay, 75011 Paris.
Orfèvrerie du Marais (Succ.), 30 rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris is the latest goldsmith in this line.
Kind regards
Zilver2

monte100
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Re: Need help with French maker's mark

Postby monte100 » Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:05 pm

Thank you so much Zilver2 you have saved what was left of my hair :)


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