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I.I.S on London Buckles of 1797/98

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:19 am
by buckler

These are the two "makers" marks seen on a pair of buckles with the distinctive assay and duty marks of London for 6 July 1797 to 28 May 1798.


There is no trace of IIS which I can find in Grimwade.

The only clue is that what looks like a typical Eley Patent spring chape is actually a Maxwell's Patent. Only a real anorak can tell the difference !
I've only ever seen this patent chape marked MAXWELLS PATENT, and on buckles bearing the mark of the patentee, John Maxwell of Brook Street. This chape only has the R and L marks

Thanks to MCB we know Maxwell died in late 1796. In dire straights !

The only solution to the mark's identity appears to be old stock of Maxwell's sold after his death, finished and assayed perhaps by his successor at 10 Brook Street , and overstamped by a retailer. Although the marks shown above appear to be so similar as not to be an overstamp


Re: I.I.S on London Buckles of 1797/98

Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 4:08 pm
by buckler
There is a distinct possibility that this mark is connected with John Simpson, a silver buckle maker .