Maker of cake slice

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Agman
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Maker of cake slice

Postby Agman » Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:58 pm

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Can anyone recognize the rather ill-struck mark on this French vermeil cake server?

I can't read the first letter of the maker's name, but the ones in the middle appear to be "MES" or "NES," with the device of a harp between two pellets. Perhaps someone will know it, since it is a slightly unusual mark in giving the maker's full surname (or company name) rather than just initials.

blakstone
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Re: Maker of cake slice

Postby blakstone » Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:42 pm

Vincent Paul Massat

Born: 21 Mar 1835, Paris, 4th arr.
Married: 1 Feb 1864, Paris, 16th arr., to Louise Aimée Bonnesoeur
Died: 1 Aug 1892, Paris, 16th arr.

He and his brother Jean Eugène Massat (1829-1878) succeeded their father, Jean-Baptiste Massat (1802-1881), after his retirement in 1859 as Massat Frères, and Paul (as he was called) continued the business alone after his brother's death. They all used the device of a lyre with two points, Paul using "P. Massat"; the mark was registered on 26 Feb 1877 and cancelled on 11 Jan 1885. He was succeeded by his brother-in-law Edmond Alfred Bonnesoeur.

Hope this helps!

Agman
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Re: Maker of cake slice

Postby Agman » Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:56 pm

Blakstone, your reply is just the information I was hoping to find. I'm always impressed by your knowledge, and in this case also your sharp eyes!


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