FRENCH SILVERPLATE MARKS
PLATED AND ELECTROPLATED SILVER MARKS OF FRANCE
DOUBLÉ, PLAQUÉE, METAL, METAL BLANC, MÉTAL ARGENTÉ
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FRENCH SILVERPLATE MARKS

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MAKER'S MARK INITIAL: A - B     C - D     E - K     L - O     P - Z    


DIRECTORY OF FRENCH SILVERSMITHS HALLMARKS
REPERTOIRE DES ORFEVRES FRANCAIS

 AA      AH      B      CA      CG      D      EA      EJ      F      GA      GH      HA      HG      I      JA      JH      K      LA      LH      MA      MH      N      O      PA      PH      Q      R      S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z 



French solid silver is characterized by series of hallmarks and the presence of the maker's mark in a lozenge/diamond-shaped cartouche.
On plated metal a square or rectangular cartouche is used for maker's mark.

From 1797 the mark of the "métal plaqué", equivalent to British "Old Sheffield Plate", was a square or rectangular cartouche containing:
- the initials of the maker
- the word "DOUBLÉ" or "PLAQUÉ"
- the figure indicating the quantity of silver (optional)
The thickness of silver was indicated by a number followed by a small "E", "M" or "EM", as abbreviation of Dixième (Tenth). The number represented the percentage of silver relative to the base metal (higher numbers are indicative of the poorest quality of plating)
French silverplate maker: Veyrat Jean-François French silverplate mark: doublé French silverplate mark: doublé French silverplate mark: plaqué


From 1860, to differentiate the "métal plaqué" from the "argenture par dépôt électrolytique", equivalent to British EPNS (Electro Plated Nickel Silver), were used square marks containing:
- the initials of the maker and the figure indicating the quantity of silver
French silverplate mark: after 1860


- the initials of the maker, a symbol and the figure indicating the quantity of silver
French silverplate mark after 1860 French silverplate mark after 1860


- the initials of the maker and a symbol accompanied by another cartouche containing the figure of the silver content
French silverplate mark after 1860 French silverplate mark after 1860


Sometimes they are accompanied by additional marks with the inscription "METAL" or "METAL BLANC" (WHITE METAL)
French additional silverplate mark: METAL French additional silverplate mark: METAL BLANC




MÉTAL ARGENTÉ
To strengthen consumer protection, the French Parliament voted on July 1, 1983 a law which reformed the Guarantee and codified the conditions of silver hallmarking. In this context it was decided to measure the thickness of silver deposited on the entire surface and to institute minimum standard thicknesses for silverplate.
The old mark expressed in grams, which is not compulsory, remains in use. Often it indicates silver weights greater than the new imposed standards.
The new square hallmark (applicable from August 1984) therefore guarantees the thickness of the silver layer deposited on the item.
The POINÇON CARRÉ is the official mark for "métal argenté".
It is a square containing:
- I or II, identifying the first or second quality of manufacture
- a symbol identifying the maker
- the initials of the maker
French silverplate mark: POINÇON CARRÉ French silverplate mark: POINÇON CARRÉ

These are the requirements to be allowed to use the "POINÇON CARRÉ" mark and "métal argenté" denomination
(plating thickness is measured in Micrometers: a micron is one thousandth of a millimeter or 0.001mm).
French silverplate mark: POINÇON CARRÉ, quality requirements in microns

NUMBERS IN FRENCH SILVERPLATE
The meaning of numbers in French silverplate marks has changed over time:
1797 - c. 1860
number accompanied by "E", "M" or "EM" (meaning Dixiéme / tenth) in the upper right corner. This number is the percentage of silver used to plate the copper ingot (plating was made using the system known in the UK as "Old Sheffield Plate")
c. 1860 - 1983
number alone or accompanied by "G" or "GR". This is the number of grams of silver used to plate a single item or a dozen of spoons or forks (referred to the process of silver electroplating which has supplanted the OSP system)
after 1983
"Roman" numbers I or II in a corner. This number identifies the first or second quality of "métal argenté". The quality of the plating is determined by the microns of silver present on the item (a micron is one thousandth of a millimeter or 0.001mm).


FRENCH SILVERPLATE MAKERS

French silverplate maker: Grands Magasins du Louvre Grands Magasins du Louvre, rue de Marengo, Paris, a retail business active from 1855
L and a seated lion / un lion assis

French silverplate maker: Léopold Auzolle Auzolle Léopold, Paris, active 1885-1905
LA and a symbol / un symbole

French silverplate maker: not identified LC Maker not identified
LC and two crossed cutlery / deux couverts croisés

French silverplate maker: Le Couvert Francais French silverplate maker: Le Couvert Francais French silverplate maker: Le Couvert Francais Le Couvert Francais
LCF under a crown, into an araldic shield / sous une couronne, dans un bouclier araldique

French silverplate maker: Grands Magasins du Louvre French silverplate maker: Grands Magasins du Louvre Lenain & Fils, 16 rue Dupetit-Thouars, Paris, 1920-1929
LF and a two interlaced L / deux L entrelacés




French silverplate maker: Lamy & Lacroix French silverplate maker: Lamy & Lacroix French silverplate maker: Lamy & Lacroix Lamy & Lacroix, 40 rue Meslay (later 36, rue de Bondy), Paris. Partnership of Aimé Lamy (1819-1889) and Elie Lacroix, active 1858-1881. Parisian branch of Lamy & Lacroix, foundry in Morez, Jura.
LL and a crown over a star / une couronne, une étoile au-dessus
L&L and a crown / une couronne

French silverplate maker: Louis Ravinet French silverplate maker: Louis Ravinet Ravinet Louis, (1854-1925), succeeded to E. Tonnelier in 1882. In 1891 entered in partnership with Charles D'Enfert (1865-1960) in a company under the style Ravinet D'Enfert (see mark RD).
LR and crossed spoon and forks over a star / cuillère et fourchettes croisées sur une étoile

French silverplate maker: Schooman Louis Schooman Louis, 90 rue d'Angouléme and 9 impasse de la Baleine, Paris, active from 1921
LS and a hunting horn / un cor de chasse

French silverplate maker: Lutetia, a line of Orfèvrerie Ercuis French silverplate maker: Lutetia, a line of Orfèvrerie Ercuis French silverplate maker: Lutetia, a line of Orfèvrerie Ercuis Lutetia, a 1910s/1920s line of Orfèvrerie Ercuis
LUTETIA

French silverplate maker: Maison Barra Maison Barra,
MB and a symbol / un symbole




French silverplate maker: Joseph Mégemond & Charles Deneux Mégemond Joseph & Charles Deneux, 3 passage des Petites Ecuries, Paris, active 1863-1888
MD and an anvil / un enclume

French silverplate maker: Noury Jules & Allain Edmond Noury Jules & Allain Edmond, 10 and 14 rue de Oberkampf, Paris, active from 1921
N&A and a crank / un tour

French silverplate maker: Collet Noël Collet Noël, 68 rue Victor Hugo à Puteaux, active from 1922
NC and a cock / un coq
French silverplate poinçon carré: maker Collet Noël

POINÇON CARRÉ adopted after 1983

French silverplate maker: Maison Odiot French silverplate maker: Maison Odiot Maison Odiot, Paris, founded in 1690
O and an oil lamp / une lampe

French silverplate maker: not identified Maker not identified
OAM and a tree / un arbre

French silverplate maker: Orfèvrerie Christofle, Gallia collection French silverplate maker: Orfèvrerie Christofle, Gallia collection Orfèvrerie Christofle, Gallia collection
OC and a chess horse / un cheval d'échecs
French silverplate maker: Orfèvrerie Christofle 1935-1983 French silverplate maker: Orfèvrerie Christofle after 1983

French silverplate maker: Orfèvrerie Ercuis French silverplate maker: Orfèvrerie Ercuis French silverplate maker: Orfèvrerie Ercuis French silverplate maker: Orfèvrerie Ercuis Orfèvrerie Ercuis, founded in 1867 by Adrien Céleste Pillon. From 2015 the company is under the control of the Italian group Sambonet Paderno
OE and a centaur / un centaure
the new POINÇON CARRÉ adopted after 1983 by Orfèvrerie Ercuis to mark the 'métal argenté'
the new POINÇON CARRÉ adopted after 1983 by Orfèvrerie Ercuis to mark the "métal argenté"

French silverplate maker: Lutetia, a line of Orfèvrerie Ercuis French silverplate maker: Lutetia, a line of Orfèvrerie Ercuis Lutetia, a 1910s/1920s line of Orfèvrerie Ercuis
OE and LUTETIA into a crowned shield / LUTETIA en écu couronné

French silverplate maker: OL maker not identified
OL and a symbol / un symbole
French silverplate maker: Orfèvrerie Gallia Orfèvrerie Galliaa trade mark of Christofle
ORFÈVRERIE GALLIA and a rooster within a shield / un coq dans un bouclier

FRENCH SILVERPLATE MARKS

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