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Daguerreotype Hallmarks


This page is a sample only. (The finished page will content more data. If I have time...) The aim of this project to collect more dates about hallmarks as a free interactive place to support research. Any person can update this by send an email for me. In the SOURCE column each contributor will be designated by an index number or mark providing a link to the contributing person/organization's data in a separate list.

This page started at 2004, but there was no too much sucess about contribution from others, so it is basicly my own product recently...

E-mail contact: altarchfot - at - gmail - dot - com


Original size of the colour pictures in the table is much larger so in a new window You can see better. The B&W pictures old, low quality copys, so I wish to change them if I find a better one.

MARK TIME ADDRESS CO. SOURCE NOTES PLATE
A Gaudin double 40
A GAUDIN DOUBLÉ
                40
A Gaudin
              double 30
gaudin 20 doublé
A GAUDIN DOUBLÉ 40 or 30 or 20
rosette, lamb (Agnus Dei) between 2 crescent moons, silver content sign (40 or 30 or 20)
Larger images C-G
ca.1856 A. (Antoine) Gaudin & Bro. 9 ru de la Perle, Paris fr so,
ed,
fb
Marc Antoine Gaudin 1804-1880
 and Alexis Gaudin (brothers)

A GAUDIN BREVETÉ
similar to above one but the text is breveté instead of doublé. In this version the A.GAUDIN text is in the top of the mark, but in this picture it is not visible
A.GAUDIN BREVETÉ
ca.1856 A. (Antoine) Gaudin & Bro. 9 ru de la Perle, Paris
so,
cg
Marc Antoine Gaudin 1804-1880
 and Alexis Gaudin (brothers)

Thanks to Robert Crimmins for the picture.

Thanks to Gabriele Chiesa for correction from "Prevelté" which was in my source (so)

AP ?
?
fr
ed,

anthony reszlet
Anthony
1850s
Edward Anthony, Co. N.Y.


detail, Rinhart 4c
bf40
B.F. 40
?
Benjamin French 109. Washington Street Boston us
so,

BC bc 40m
BC 40 .M
?
?
?
,fb

BJ_DOUBLE_merkurstab.jpg
BJ, Merkurstab, DOUBLÉ
? ? fr
cg  The National Library of Norway,
 Billedsamlingen
The daguerreotype FAU35 for reference. Thanks to:Wlodek Witek

Christofle with symbols
CHRISTOFLE
CHRISTOFLE

The right symbol: in an elliptic area 2 letters C, between C-s a balance, over the balance four stars. Under the picture there is CHRISTOFLE text folloving a curved line.
Larger images C-G
1851- Charles Christofle (1805-1863) et Cie 56 rue de Bundy Paris fr
so,
ed,
fb
ca
Thanks to  Ms Anne Gros from Christofle Co. for the following information:
This mark is the Christofle's master mark used between 1845 and 1862.   CC  for Christofle et Compagnie, the scale to evoke the rightness of our production.  The scale is used at least since the middle age in Europe as a symbol for the silversmith.

E.R.20

E.R. 20
Larger images C-G
?

fr
mw
Fotosammlung Maria Wallpott
Landesarchiv Saarbrücken
,
Thanks to  Prof.Peter Wutz.

CRB 40
G.R.B. (or C.R.B.)) 40
Larger images C-G
1840s

fr
ed,
fb

1/6
CRBGARANTI
CRB GARANTIE
G.R.B. (or C.R.B.) GARANTIE
Larger images C-G
?
?
fr
ed
,fb

1/6
G.R.B. (or C.R.B.). GARANTIE 40M ?
?
fr
,fb

White Maker NV
White Maker NV

E. WHITE MAKER N.Y. FINEST QUALITY A No.1
early1840s-ca.1850 Broadway, New York us
so
ri
Edward White, there are 3. versions
 E. WHITE MAKER N.Y. FINEST QUALITY A No.1 (Rinhart 13a.)

E. WHITE N.Y. * 40  (Rinhart 13b.)

E. WHITE MAKER N.Y. SECOND QUALITY

ED. (Fruit) 40 .
?
?

ed

FN (rosette) 40M ?
?
fr
ed

Fr swchneide
              hallmark
Fr. Schneider, Linkstraße 9, Berlin
?
Fr. Schneider
Linkstraße 9, Berlin
ge
ed
,fb
 usually on the verso
From:
http://www.daguerreotype-gallery.de/5anatomie/plattenstempel/schneider.jpg
Picture from: http://www.daguerreotype-gallery.de/5anatomie/plattenstempel/stempel.html
1/6



GARANTI ?
?
fr
so,
ed
Not a maker name, see below

GARANTIE 40 ?
?
fr
ed Not a maker name, see below
40GARANTIEmrombuszgarantie
40 garantiemrombusz
40 GARANTIE *M* in lozenge
Larger images C-G
?
?


Unused plate, Not a maker name, see below 1/6
JPDOUBLE40

JPDOUBLE30
JP DOUBLÉ  40 or 30
rosette, lamb (Agnus Dei) between 2 crescent moons, silver content sign (40 or 30 )
Larger images J
around 1850

fr
so
,fb

1/1 40
1851 Southworth& Hawes

30 and 40
1/9 French st. 1850-s
Lerebours  30

fr ca Noël Marie Paymal Lerebours  1807-1873 optician, photographer, etc.
40hammerI,H
40  hammer  I,H.


fr,

fb
cg
Thanks to Gabriele Chiesa for information.
m rombuszm rombusz
m rombuszm rombusz
*M* in lozenge  40 or 30
Larger images M-N


fr
fb

machts
MACHTS
Larger images M-N
1840s
Franz Machts Wien as ed,
fb
Franz Machts
NP=40
NP=40 in a horizontal rectangle with rounded corners. The right leg of N common with P.  
Larger images M-N
1850s

fr
ri
cg
Rinhart No. 42. About Rinhart between ca. 1849 - 1857.
Thanks to Attila Agárdi.
1/9
scovills
Scovills
1839-1850
Waterbury, Connecticut
us
so
,fb
James M.L. Scovill and W. H. Scovill








Abbrevations 



fr - French.
ge - Germany
us - USA
as - Austria

ros - rosette
CO. - country of the producer

SOURCES:

fb = My daguerreotyp database (data from conservated daguerreotypes)
ri = Rinhart,Floyd - Rinhart,Marion American Daguerreotype
The A TABULATION OF HALLMARKS FOUND ON EXTANT DAGUERREOTYPES APPENDIX 1
The University of Georgia Press, Athens, 1981.
so = Sobieszek, A. Robert - Appel, M. Odette: The Daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes
1980 Dover. New-york
ed = Eder, Josef Maria - Kuchinka, Eduard: Die Daguerreotipe, Ausführliches Handbuch.
2.book 3.teil 2.edition Knapp, W. Halle. 1927
ca = Paris et le Daguerréotype Exhibition catalog. Musée Carnavalet 1989.
mw = Fotosammlung Maria Wallpott, Landesarchiv Saarbrücken, Thanks to Prof. Peter Wutz
cg = Dagherrotipia, Ambrotipia, Ferrotipia. Positivi unici e processi antichi nel ritratto fotografico»
© 2012 by Gabriele Chiesa & Paolo Gosio

The PLATE column will be the place of the data of each piece what contents of that
hallmark, in my database or other base, eg.: size (1/1 = whole plate 1/2 = halfplate
and so on) and/or date of the photo if it known...


Special Hallmarks



Silver Content Marks:
Eg.: 40 or M40 In this case the 1/40 part of the whole weight (mass) of the plate is silver.
In the main age of the daguerreotype the most used plate type was the 40.
About the special literature that silver layer was thick enough to use  the plate 2-3
times. (Bad or unnecessary pictures were removed by
polishing before resensitisation. The number of reusability is up to the
evenness and smoothness of the layers. The overexposed/"developed"
picture is often unremovable at the highlights.)
The range was: 10-60 but usually 20, 30 or 40, others are rarities.
This type of signs usually where on French made plates because it was
prescripted by a law in that country, but there are sometimes eg. on the USA produced plates also.

There are a few words on the plate wich is not the name of the plate maker: doublé, breveté and garanti(e) these are on French plates.
 

Doublé:  The name of materials where a base metal was covered with a precious metal (different from a full precious metal materials).  In this case a silver plated/covered copper plate.

Garanti(e): something like guaranted quality

Breveté: patented

For the plated metal, the hallmarks are either square shape or rectangular shape. This is the end
eighteenth century that the process of plated metal will rependre (re-hanged?). Created in 1797,
the punch of metal plated was used regularly until 1860.
 square punch comprises:

******

The balance was in Europe the symbol for the silversmith.

The moon was the symbol of the silver for the alchemists.

(Description/decoding of other signs: rosette, etc.coming later.)


Links:

Daguerreotype Plate Manufacturer Marks at Historic Camera's History Librarium
http://www.historiccamera.com/cgi-bin/librarium/pm.cgi?action=display&login=dag_marks
PLATTENSTEMPEL
http://www.daguerreotype-gallery.de/5anatomie/plattenstempel/stempel.html

Daguerreotype hallmarks table
http://www.gri.it/storia-della-fotografia/dagherrotipia-daguerreotype/...-dagherrotipia.html

The New Daguerreian Journal January, 1975 Volume 3 Number 2.
Notes on the Daguerreotype Plate by Floyd & Marrion Rinhart page 5.
http://www.cdags.org/cdags_resources/ndj_03_02.pdf

Fragment > Silver hallmarks on daguerreotype plates http://www.luminous-lint.com/app/contents/fra/_daguerreotypes_hallmarks_01/