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MrsFreeman

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iconnumber posted 07-15-2020 02:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrsFreeman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK, first real post, so hoping I'm in the right place.
Inherited these tiny salt spoons from g-grandmother. Have spent HOURS trying to figure out if they're genuine Christofle or not, as they have another maker's mark/brand on the shank. The best image example appears to be TTJ&S A1. No idea...so hoping someone more knowledgeable will. The mark images were taken with a microscope (like my old eyes can see that small...even the phone camera gave up). Spoons are just over 9cm long. Hoping to solve the mystery. Much thanks and regards... :-)

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 07-17-2020 06:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am not that knowledgeable in French silver, but this is one website that may help you. The little rectangle mark on your silver should be compared with the marks shown on this website. If is does match one I would think your silver was made by the person that used the A1 mark, but sold to either the public or another retailer by Christophe.
I suspect it is real a Christophe piece as if one wanted to create a fake they would not have used the A1 mark.
A1 was used by many silver companies in the US as an indication of quality for silver plate. I must admit I did not realize that other countries also used it.
Very nice spoons and I would enjoy using them and enjoy the connection to your family.

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MrsFreeman

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iconnumber posted 07-18-2020 10:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrsFreeman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ahwt - thank you! Through your suggestion (and subsequent further hunting), I found that the diamond-in-square mark was used by Christofle as a "special" indication on their gilded wares. So the spoons are genuine, but still no info on the TTJ&S mark. I am assuming that there may have been a major retailer with these initials. More quality time with Google methinks. :-)


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I am not that knowledgeable in French silver, but this is one website that may help you. The little rectangle mark on your silver should be compared with the marks shown on this website. If is does match one I would think your silver was made by the person that used the A1 mark, but sold to either the public or another retailer by Christophe.
I suspect it is real a Christophe piece as if one wanted to create a fake they would not have used the A1 mark.
A1 was used by many silver companies in the US as an indication of quality for silver plate. I must admit I did not realize that other countries also used it.
Very nice spoons and I would enjoy using them and enjoy the connection to your family.

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