I came across a stamp combination that has me flummoxed. Take a look.
How did a Gaillard stamp find its way onto a pot made in Villedieu?
In my experience, that “Villedieu France” stamp usually indicates this pan was made in Normandy (most likely by Mauviel), but Gaillard was a Paris-based operation. As late as 1956, they had their own manufacturing facility in the 20ième.
But I believe this is a late-era Gaillard mark towards the end of the firm’s existence in the 1980s. Did there come a time when Gaillard stopped manufacturing its own copper and outsourced to Villedieu? I find it hard to believe that Gaillard would sell another’s work under its own name, or vice-versa. Could an old Gaillard pan have been picked up and re-stamped for sale in Villedieu, even if it had not been made there? Or was Gaillard in such dire straits that it bought Villedieu pans wholesale and re-stamped them?
If you have any information to explain this, I’d be very interested. Have you seen any other combinations of Gaillard and Villedieu stamps?