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iconnumber posted 05-14-2003 03:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for doobees     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While we're formulating a list of questions for the french assay office, there may be questions that are more appropriate to ask directly to Christofle. Lets start a list of questions for me to put to them too.

(I'll definitely ask them our alfénide question - "Aside from their use of alfénide as a base for plated wares - Was there also a separate company referred to as L'Orfèvrerie Alfénide?"

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iconnumber posted 05-14-2003 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stephen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From my prior post:
1. Mappin's "EPNS..." attributes the square ALFE NIDE mark to "Societe Anonyme des Converts Alfenide" in Paris. He also indicates, in the first paragraph of his book, that "while every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, it is not possible to go back to source to verify every mark." Could he have meant Société Anonyme des Couverts Alfénide (Alfenide Cutlery Co.)?

2. Any connection between ALFE NIDE and Alphen, ?alphen, Halphen? Were these all marks used by some sham Christofle puppet named Alfenide Cutlery Co.? Organized in 1878 after Christofle could no longer use the ALFE NIDE mark? Out of business in 1935?

3. I have found no evidence of the use of the ALFE NIDE mark after 1935. Also note that Christofle apparently changed all of their solid silver and silverplate marks in 1935. Coincidence? What happened in 1935?

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iconnumber posted 05-14-2003 04:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stephen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also, anything they can explain about the goat head mark would be useful.

Maybe they have some document or can refer us to a book that explains all their marks. Wouldn't that be nice? No harm in asking.

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