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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 07-22-2001 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I do not know what the following marks mean. They did not seem to be in Tardy. Found on very plain teaspoons.

  • "Peters" in rectangle; "47" in a diamond
  • "H-N-K" and "OST=" in rectangles
  • "HDK" and "12" in rectangles
  • Key, oriented vertically with teeth facing north, in an oval; "HB" (unsure-letters rubbed) w/one pellet above and below, in a diamond

The second spoon is inscribed "Lohrengel 1852".

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iconnumber posted 07-23-2001 11:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They all sound European. The HDK 12 one is probably German. Early 19th century German spoons often have a maker's mark accompanied by a 12 or 13, which is a fineness mark. Such spoons are often sold by the less knowledgeable as American coin silver. They can be quite similar, but the styles are usually slightly "odd" and the 12 or 13 mark is a dead giveaway.

Diamond-shaped impressed marks are usually associated with 19th or 20th century French silver. French maker's are required to mark pieces with their initials in a diamond shaped lozenge. The initials are often accompanied by pellets or other devices.
Where are the marks located on the spoons? Are they all on the handle backs, or are some marked in the bowl?

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iconnumber posted 07-24-2001 09:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I probably should have given more info about the actual spoons in my post; they are not American or French. I originally suspected Scandinavian or Dutch on all of them. The mark style, numbers, etc. all led me to this. I just couldn't find specific mark meanings in Tardy. The marks are on the backs of the handle, near the middle, not in the bowl where French marks would be. Their style also leads me to believe they are in the region I indicated. They seem to date to the mid-19th c.

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