the "cartouche" - seems identical to the coat of arms for Sweden - so I thought might be traced to Sweden - You said it was generic - so am I correct in your assessment that that is not in case true - that it could really be from anywhere.
Is there any way to research who might have had the initials ABT, and been of some prominence in 1862?
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Best wishes, Robert Thanks for the extra info and the cut-and-paste text from Christofle, that's really helpful.
Leave this with me while I do some research on recent comparables in the sales records. They certainly are very beautiful and oh-so-French with the cherub and songbird in prime position at the center of the standard.
It would seem that if in fact these were part of a set of 12 - would have been a sizeable order.The workmanship of the Engraver, combined with the expertise of the Silversmith together with unmistakably Christofle Quality from the Founder of this famous Parisian Firm of Silversmiths will be evident the moment you pick it up, hold it and and look at it.Consider that in France at the time, the Engraver, Albert Barré was 'or, 'General Engraver of the Mint'.French Monarch in France in 1842, Louis Philippe Included - it's original Presentation Box Orfèvrerie Argent Massif, solid .950 Silver, finer than English Sterling Silver Original creation by the Christofle Workshop in Paris working with the world famous Engraver, Albert Barré to commemorate the discoveries by Christofle in, Goldsmithing, Silver Plating etc.and this Medal was for the Firm's founder, Charles Christofle.