According to research published by David Allan in his book on French Silversmithing, Orfèvrerie française orientaliste du 19ème siècle, the Mayer house was founded in 1839 and his maker’s mark was registered in 1846. In 1844, Maurice Mayer exhibited for the first time at the Exposition des produits de l'Industrie française (French Industry Exhibit) where he received a silver medal. On July 11, 1853, he was named the supplier of Napoleon III. In 1855, he exhibited a complete Indian-style tea service at the Exposition Universelle (World's Fair) in Paris.