Touch, Touchmark. The stamp of the maker. A maker's mark, usually applied after the piece is formed; it is not in the die or in the mold but is a separate punch which is impressed in the piece usually in an unintrusive place, as the edge of a medallion, the back of a plaque, or on the lower reverse or on a base a statue. The punch may be a name in full or it may be abbreviated, a monogram, symbols or trademark; it may also have additional information as city, fineness of the piece or other data. A touchmark is not to be confused with the coin or medal, a touchpiece, given by the sovereign to a subject who he has touched to cure a sickness called the king's evil (scrofula, a form of tuberculous). See maker’s mark, signature, hallmarks and hallmarking.
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For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators
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Roger W. Burdette, Editor