When a piece is made of sterling silver in France, it recieves a hallmark that certifies it is composed by at least 800/1000 sterling silver.
Over the centuries, French silverware hallmarks changed. Here are the main hallmarks:
- The Old Man (Vieillard) used from 1819 to 1838. There are four differents versions. Two parisians and two departemental hallmarks. First title (titre) is composed by 950/1000 sterling silver and second title is composed by 800/1000 sterling silver.
- The Minerva used from 1838 to 1973.
For small pieces like jewelry, other hallmarks are used that certify that the piece is composed by at least 800/1000 sterling silver:
- The Crab used from 1838 to nowadays
- The Wild Boar from 1838 to 1962
- The Weevil (charançon) used for imported sterling silver pieces: