French Hallmarks on Berge Knife

by Bob Crandall
(Webster, NY USA)

Berge Knife Hallmarks

Berge Knife Hallmarks

Hi,


I recently acquired a Berge knife with French hallmarks. I will attempt to upload pictures of the hallmarks, the knife, and a page from Tardy on International Hallmarks which I believe shows one of the marks on the knife. The other hallmark under magnification says "ET". I understand that is a remark which says the knife is foreign (to France) and that the red gold blade is less than 9 kt.


My questions are: Why does the knife have a French hallmark from the 1762-68 period if it is foreign to France? Tardy identifies the "handprint" mark as a countermark. What does that mean? What is a "remark"? And when was that likely placed on the knife relative to the handprint hallmark? Is it correct that the ET mark means the gold blade is less than 9 kt? Does it appear that this knife is a fake, or real?

Thanks,
Bob


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French Hallmarks on Berge Knife

by Bob Crandall
(Webster, NY USA)

Berge Knife

Berge Knife

Hi,

Here's a picture of the entire knife. I had to downsize it.

Thanks,
Bob

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French Hallmarks on Berge Knife

by Bob Crandall
(Webster, NY USA)

Berge Knife Hallmarks

Berge Knife Hallmarks

Hi,

I recently acquired a Berge knife with French hallmarks. I will attempt to upload pictures of the hallmarks, the knife, and a page from Tardy on International Hallmarks which I believe shows one of the marks on the knife. The other hallmark under magnification says "ET". I understand that is a remark which says the knife is foreign (to France) and that the red gold blade is less than 9 kt.

My questions are: Why does the knife have a French hallmark from the 1762-68 period if it is foreign to France? Tardy identifies the "handprint" mark as a countermark. What does that mean? What is a "remark"? And when was that likely placed on the knife relative to the handprint hallmark? Is it correct that the ET mark means the gold blade is less than 9 kt? Does it appear that this knife is a fake, or real?

Thanks,
Bob

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