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French Silver Grapefruit Spoons (pair) - Rare hallmarks     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1325
Period: George IV
Year: 1838
Silversmith: C. Mahler
Place: Paris
Price: $ 220.00
Weight: 30 grams
Dimensions: 14.8 cm
Condition: Excellent.

Description: An attractive pair of French Silver grapefruit spoons, with double shell and foliage pattern. These spoons have extremely rare and strange hallmarks. The first is the Giraffe's head Recense mark (Poincon de recense) for Paris, only used between May and October 1838, a period during which the hallmarking system was being changed. It was applied to verify authenticity of marks for the interim period. In addition, th spoons have the Paris assay office mark (medium, 1819-1838), and one spoon has the Paris silver standard 1 (950 grade), whilst the other has the Paris silver standard 2 (800 grade), which as the spoons are identical in every other respect by the same maker, must be an error by the assay master during a confused period. The spoons also have additional marks alongside the makers mark which we have not identified (see photo).
French Silver Grapefruit Spoons (pair) - Rare hallmarks
French silver spoons

French Silver Grapefruit Spoons (pair) - Rare hallmarks
Makers mark with other marks

French Silver Grapefruit Spoons (pair) - Rare hallmarks
Detail 1

French Silver Grapefruit Spoons (pair) - Rare hallmarks
Detail handle

French Silver Grapefruit Spoons (pair) - Rare hallmarks
Scale

French Silver Grapefruit Spoons (pair) - Rare hallmarks
Rare hallmarks

French Silver Grapefruit Spoons (pair) - Rare hallmarks
Makers mark

French Silver Grapefruit Spoons (pair) - Rare hallmarks
hallmarks 2

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