Help to Identify French Maker on Buckle

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dartsil
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Help to Identify French Maker on Buckle

Postby dartsil » Fri Sep 23, 2022 9:17 am

Hello all,

I wonder if anyone can identify this maker on a belt buckle, as per usual the French marks are so tiny they always prove difficult to capture.

This is as good as I can get, one of the letters appears to be the letter N.

Thanks in advance.
Regards,
Colin

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Re: Help to Identify French Maker on Buckle

Postby JayT » Fri Sep 23, 2022 5:23 pm

Hello
This initial looks more like a Z than an N to me. Assuming that the buckle was made in Paris, based on the style I suggest you try the French Ministry of Culture website for Paris makers registered after 1875.

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

Good luck in your research!

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Re: Help to Identify French Maker on Buckle

Postby dartsil » Sat Sep 24, 2022 4:30 am

Thanks for your help

I think you are right with the Z, not sure though if the Z will be the first name or surname.

Regards,
Colin

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Re: Help to Identify French Maker on Buckle

Postby JayT » Sat Sep 24, 2022 8:12 am

Hello
Following French marking convention the Z (if that is the initial) would be the first name, or if a partnership could be the initial of the surname. In either case, you’d look up the maker in various dictionaries and databases under Z. Example: Z, symbol, second initial.
If you clean out the mark properly, you might decipher both the symbol and second initial.
Also, before you begin to look up the maker you’d have to determine if the object was made in the provinces or in Paris by looking at the silver standard mark. If you don’t have this basic info, it would be a long and involved chase for the name of the maker.
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Re: Help to Identify French Maker on Buckle

Postby dartsil » Sat Sep 24, 2022 8:15 am

Thanks.

I was hoping someone may recognise, the marks are just so small I can do know more with them.


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