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Help with an old metal spoon.

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Rob Ord
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Help with an old metal spoon.

created 17 Oct. 2016, 23:00
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Help with an old metal spoon. - h.cx - Hallmarks Forum Help with an old metal spoon. - h.cx - Hallmarks Forum
Tiny two mm Hallmark on old silver or silver plate teaspoon with square stem & handle. The hallmark can be seen in the drop of the bowl in the spoon photo and is about 1 mm. This hallmark when blown up in the other photo appears to be ″LXL″, with the ″X″ larger and very much clearer than the flanking ″L″s. You have to play with the brightness and contrast mid-tones to convince yourself. There is nothing like the spoon, or the hallmark, I have been able to find online. It belonged to my great grandfather who was from Scotland.

thanks for any help...
SteveDWollongong2
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RE: Help with an old metal spoon.

created 18 Oct. 2016, 07:38
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Hello Rob,

Your spoon is French and although you have not made mention, there will be an even tinier hallmark on the bowl, on the opposite side of the handle to the mark you have posted. It is the French guarantee mark and will indicate the silver grade depending on the pictorial shape.

Regardless, the makers mark is in a diamond shaped cartouche and this was only permitted on solid silver items in France so it will be either 800 or 950 grade.

Your mark of L X L is the makers mark for Léon Lambert. His details are as follows:

Workshop; 23 rue Vieille-of-Temple, Paris
Registration; From 16 May 1881 to 1 October 1904.



All the best,
Steve
Rob Ord
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RE: Help with an old metal spoon.

created 19 Oct. 2016, 03:10
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Wow! Thanks so much Steve

RobO

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