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17th century Paris creamer unidentified mark

Posted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 2:37 pm
by MichaelGraves

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Hello. I recently acquired a small French silver creamer with 2 marks. The mark on the left dates this piece to Paris 1684 - 1687 (according to the one book I have with French marks). I am not able to identify the other mark, or tell if it is a maker's mark or town mark... or any other type of mark. Does anyone know if this appears to be a legitimate 17th century piece? What is the second mark? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Creamer is approximately 2.5 inches (6.5 cm) tall. Thank you, Michael

Posted: Sat Nov 01, 2008 12:39 pm
by Juke
The mark is according to my reference book of French silver a little different so that makes wonder if the mark is a later copy. As you can see from the mark the curves look different, the stars look different etc.

Also one would expect the style to be barock but it looks more neoclassical.

So possibly a later copy but I am no a specialist in French silver.