Unknown French Maker Marks

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Misha57
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Unknown French Maker Marks

Postby Misha57 » Sun Mar 08, 2020 4:02 pm

I am looking for any assistance in identifying these marks. Thank you
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Re: Unknown French Maker Marks

Postby blakstone » Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:57 pm

Louis Charles Cléry

Born: 23 Aug 1796 [6 fructidor an IV], Meudon, Seine-et-Oise [now Hauts-de-Seine], son of Pierre Martin Claude Cléry, merchant grocer & Marie Bellier
Married: 9 Feb 1828, Paris, to Angelique Antonie Hémard, daughter of François Nicolas Hémard & Anne Farot
Died: 9 Jul 1865, Paris, 9th arrondissement

Arminjon gives the registration date of this mark as 13 Jul 1829, with no cancellation date. She also gives his name as Cléry-Hémard - a contraction with his wife's name and thus the initials "CH" - but he is always listed in Paris directories as L. Clery. He was primarily a cutler, and by the 1850s he had apparently specialized in manufacturing leather strops for razors.

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Re: Unknown French Maker Marks

Postby Misha57 » Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:11 pm

Wow, thank you. I never would have discovered that on my own. These 8 oyster forks have been passed down several generations in my family. The story that goes with them is that they were sold to Cartier in trade and had originally belonged to Joseph Bonaparte, who had an estate here in New Jersey. Maybe I'll start using them!


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