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French Country Recognition Mark?
by: David

Good morning, just browsing through the forums, wondering whether this might be a french recognition or import mark. A close-up photo would help.

Kind Regards

More Information Requested.
by: Anonymous

Hi John thanks for writing in with the following hallmark question:

"I have a gold ring that has the following inscribed and was wondering of it's origins.
First mark is an oval shaped cutout with what looks like a leaf. Followd by the letters HD2 or HDZ. Then 14 sideways and 853 after that which I assume means 14 carats."

Gold standard, 14K, 14ct or 585 (parts per 1000) or 58.5% gold (also used in Asian for overseas market. Common in USA. Russian 584.)

There are quite a few Leaf and Leaf-like symbols on jewelry. For instance, TIFFANY & Co. used a leaf symbol on items exhibited during Exposition Universelle in Paris, France - ca 1900.

We need more info and photos in order to research these hallmarks. As the letter mark is still quite fresh and crisp - it doesn't appear to be that old.

Could you please attach three photos and send to the following email address:

  • One photo should be the actual marks
  • The second that of the entire item, and
  • The third that of a larger area surrounding the mark

    Also any information in relation to the following:

    1. When and how acquired, for example: inherited from grandma 10 years ago when she was in her 80s  OR  purchased at a Flea Market or Auction 6 years ago  OR  picked it up at a Garage Sale from a French family 2 years ago etc

    2. Any related family history that may help in focusing our research to a particular Period or Region, for example: I remember seeing it at my grandma's house since I was a little child while still in Brisbane  OR  my grandma brought it with her from Germany in the 1950s  OR  my husband found it at a Flea Market in Sydney 20 years ago etc

    3. Any other information you may have already discovered and any other details that will help.

    with regards

    Yvonne Hammouda-Eyre
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    Further info
    by: John

    The leaf appears to be an oak leaf with 5 rounded 'fingers'. Dating the ring between 1852 - 1906. Any further info would be greatly appreciated.

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