The Maker's Mark - An Artist's Signature, Brand, & Guarantee
History & Origin of the Maker's Mark
"The use of trade marks dates from the very earliest times of which we
have any knowledge."
- Some Historical Matter Concerning Trade-Marks
- Michigan Law Review, Nov., 1910
- Edward S. Rogers
The Maker's Mark, or Trade Mark, is the signature that an artisan or craftsman leaves on his/her creations. It's a symbol representing the quality and integrity of the item, and also serves as an artist's signature. These markings have been around since ancient times. Bricks marked with the names of their creators have been found all over ancient Egyptian sites. The Greeks would mark their products with not only the maker's name, but also figures such as a lion's head, Mercury staff, and the like. Norse armorers would inscribe their names and marks on the tang of their swords. These early practices by artists and artisans continues, and is the basis for the legal Trademark that all modern businesses utilize.
Present Day Uses
Artisans of today use the maker's mark as a symbol of their commitment to creating quality items for people to enjoy. This also represents their brand, and informs people where they too might be able to find a similar item for themselves.
I display my maker's mark prominently on my leather wallets & other products, because I take pride in every item I create. It's a promise of it's quality, and a symbol of the time it takes to make my products by hand. It's true, I want every person that sees you take out your wallet to know where they can go to get one for themselves.
My makers marks have evolved through several iterations, and will continue to change along this journey.