Looking for identity of fork.

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juantotree
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Looking for identity of fork.

Postby juantotree » Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:02 am

Hi

I have this fork which was described as 18thC French from Rennes. I would be very grateful if anybody could confirm this for me or if this is incorrect advise on the country of manufacture and possibly identify the maker.

Many Thanks
Martin


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Re: Looking for identity of fork.

Postby blakstone » Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:04 pm

The crowned “9” was the charge mark of the Rennes mint, but this piece was made in Saint-Malo, which was under the Rennes jursidiction during the ancien régime. Top to bottom:

1) A club + 84: Saint-Malo countermark for 1784, but in actuality probably used ca. May 1785 to ca. 1787.
2) "aa" + a crowned lozenge & two pellets: maker’s mark of André Audouard (1711-1793; master 1743).
3) Crowned “9”: Charge mark of the Rennes mint, 1781-1789.

Interesting side note: Audouard spent some of his journeyman years, ca. 1735-42 in North America.

Hope this helps!

Ref: Jean-Jacques Rioult,Sophie Vergne, et al. Orfèvres de Haute Bretagne (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2006), pp. 149 & 161.

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Re: Looking for identity of fork.

Postby blakstone » Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:06 pm

Oops! Just realized I missed the topmost mark:

Top) An ewer: Rennes décharge mark for large silver, 1781-1789

Sorry about that!

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Re: Looking for identity of fork.

Postby juantotree » Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:27 am

Thank you very much blakstone for your very detailed reply, it is most appreciated.

Martin


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