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Discover Sarreguemines Majolica

A brief history of Sarreguemines

Sarreguemines is a French East town. By the end of the eighteenth century, three merchants bought an oil mill near the Sarre river and created a small pottery manufacture. In 1812, under the direction of Paul Utzschneider, the business grew until the creation of three factories under the direction of Alexandre de Geiger on the 1830's.


Sarreguemines production is wide, but one emerges : Sarreguemines majolica. Indeed, the manufacturing of majolica started in the 1870's and rised until the first world war. But what is majolica ? It is a kind of...

How to identify French sterling silver ?

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. 

Old Man Hallmark

  • The Minerva used from 1838 to 1973.