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iconnumber posted 05-18-2005 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wendlekins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I have a set of teaspoons in a Gothic style and have been trying to work out the mark. They seem to be solid silver and the box has French Depose on the hinge. I wonder if anyone recognizes this mark with an Anchor and an A and P each side of it.

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iconnumber posted 05-18-2005 04:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Patrick Vyvyan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm pretty certain the letters on either side of the anchor are A F. If so, it is by Orfévrerie Armand Frénais, located at 63 Bd. Richard-Lenoir, Paris. They were active in the late 19th century. In 1899 the company produced a 250 page catalogue, so they were obviously a major company - sadly I know nothing more. The few pieces I have seen are generally of high quality silverplate, and in the case of your spoons, if silver, I would expect to see other official marks.

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iconnumber posted 05-18-2005 05:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The marking "déposé" is simply French for registered. This means that the design of your box was registered at the French patent office at some point. You find this word on many french objects.

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iconnumber posted 05-18-2005 06:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wendlekins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks very much for your help smile

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