Enquiry about a French Maker's Mark

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Enquiry about a French Maker's Mark

Postby razmaztaz88 » Wed Jan 19, 2022 9:50 pm

Can someone please help identify the maker's mark for this cigarette case? The case dates to the late 1920s - early 1930s, is signed "ALFRED DUNHILL PARIS" and "STERLING" and bears the French "Boar's Head" mark for silver fineness guarantee for small objects. It has 2 very small marks that I assume are the French maker's mark since they are in a diamond shield? I'm afraid I cannot make anything out inside the diamond even with macro photos - the problem is not that the images are not in focus; I know they are focused as I used a macro slide and pasted a minute strip of paper with writing on it to check focusing. One of the sides of the diamond has a peculiar shape to it. Greatly appreciate any assistance!
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Re: Enquiry about a French Maker's Mark

Postby silvermakersmarks » Thu Jan 20, 2022 3:27 am

Hi and welcome to the forum.

Please embed your images in your posts as not everybody will click on links. https://postimages.org is recommended as an image host (click 'Share', then copy and paste the 'Hotlink for forums' code to embed your images).

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Re: Enquiry about a French Maker's Mark

Postby razmaztaz88 » Fri Jan 21, 2022 7:15 pm

Phil, many thanks for your note, and for bearing with me while I learn how to embed images! Here they are, embedded this time.
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Re: Enquiry about a French Maker's Mark

Postby JayT » Fri Jan 21, 2022 9:16 pm

Hello
The maker’s mark in a lozenge-shaped reserve either was poorly struck or the punch was damaged, resulting in a point of the lozenge that appears cut off. This slight flaw is not a problem in terms of authenticity.

If you can’t see the maker’s initials or symbol inside the lozenge, then we can’t either. You might check the French Ministry of Culture online database for Paris makers registered after 1878 if you do manage to come up with some initials.

http://www2.culture.gouv.fr/public/mist ... 4%24%2534P


Alternatively, as Dunhill is still operating, you might contact the company directly to determine the maker of your case.

Good luck with your research on this item.

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Re: Enquiry about a French Maker's Mark

Postby razmaztaz88 » Fri Jan 21, 2022 9:59 pm

Thank you for your suggestions, much appreciated.

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Re: Enquiry about a French Maker's Mark

Postby JayT » Fri Jan 21, 2022 10:39 pm

My pleasure!


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