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Alfonso Samayoa writes:
...I am new to the subject of collecting old pieces of silver. I
inherited these from my grandmother. I have been
searching the Internet to find answers to my questions about their quality, their age of
manufacture etc. but I have found nothing of value.
For example when I tried to search on Joseph Rodgers & Sons it appears to me
that they manufacture penknives, knives, etc. but I find nothing on tea
On the cream pot I can’t locate the manufacturer from the marks, the date, etc.
I would thank you if you could give me all the possible
information on the subject (notes concerning the manufacturer, their age,
etc.) thus to be able to classify them and to know what I have.
Thanking you in advance.
Alfonso Samayoa A.
Joan Barrington writes:
Can you help identify date and maker of this bowl and serving
spoons? Or, can you send me to the right people who can help? It
is probably silver plate (424)?
Wayne Robbins writes:
the letter in December Newsletter reminded me that I have an
old cheese scoop that I have often wondered who made it and
where it was from. I have been unable to locate the hallmarks
and would appreciate any help you or other members could provide.
Leslie Gray writes:
... . I attach a picture of marks on a Fish Service (Knife and Fork) which i have just
acquired. Initially I thought it was Sheffield but the left facing animal leads me to a
Canadian solution. The letter "A" must be a date code, but what is it? The makers
initials are "J.S.& S" which I cannot identify.
Can you or some of ASCAS members help?
Michael Kaufman writes:
... here are the photos of a server and an English inkwell.
Anything you may provide will be helpful. Thank you
Mary Dostal writes:
... Was wondering if you can tell me anything about this cane
handle. It has hallmarks just above where the cane itself would
be inserted. At the bottom is a number 7 , above that is the
letter S with serif (?) and above that is what appears to be
three pointed leaves somewhat like a three leaf clover but
evenly spaced and pointed. This is a pretty high definition
picture and if you enlarge it they are visible dead center just
above the bottom ring
Thank You for any information you can give me.
Replies to questions
receives this reply about her item
( see December Newsletter)
Janjaap Luijt writes:
The maker is: Van Kempen in
Voorschoten. The Van Kempen-factory was one of the
biggest silver manufactures of the Netherlands. If you
have a close look at the helmet of the Minerva-head you
see the letter C, which stands for the assay-office of
The Hague (just a couple of miles from Voorschoten).
Noël Lommers writes:
Van Kempen started his factory in Utrecht, but when he
wanted to innovate and use larger steam-engines he wasn't
allowed to do so in the city. He therefore bought an
estate and built a steam-driven silver factory in the
back garden. This factory existed until the 80's of the
20th century. Although nothing remained of what used to
be a silversmithing business, you will still find
historical information from its successors at:
The Dutch spoon, shown by Rene Watkins in your
December newsletter (32), was made in 1867 by the well
known firm VAN KEMPEN (founded in the end of the 18th
century and still in operation).
Fredric Sinfield writes:
The maker of the Renee Watkins spoons was van Kempen of Voorschoten, active
between 1858 and 1924.
Mark 10858 in Meestertekens van Nederlandse Goud-en Zilversmeden 1814-1963.
ISBN 90 1205247 5.
Rattenbury receives this reply about the Argonne Trophy
of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
( see August Newsletter)
Bill Belisle writes:
...What I can provide is more
information about the Argonne Trophy hallmark.
One good reference for American hallmarks is Kovel's
American Silver Marks by Ralph and Terry Kovel. The mark
in question hallmark can be found there. However, in
this book the mark is not very clear.
Attached are two JPGs from page 42 of American Silver
Manufacturers by Dorothy T. Rainwater. My copy is an old
one, published in 1966. As you'll see by the marks shown,
we can provide Mr. Rattenbury with certainty that the
Argonne Trophy WAS manufactured by the William B. Durgin
Co. This Concord, New Hampshire, company was active from
The company was purchased by Gorham Corporation in 1905,
and the plant was moved to Gorham's facility in
Providence, Rhode Island, in 1931.
Since this trophy was presented in 1922, it is most
probable that it was made at Durgin's Concord, NH,
facility.. Bill Belisle
"A PAGE per MONTH"
In this column we present a page (one
page only) obtained from makers' brochures, books, auction
catalogs or whatever other printed paper, which may be of
particular interest for ASCAS members.
The images will be published at a "low resolution" level and for
private and personal use only
ASCAS presents the images of an advertising of Community
Silverplate published in 1946.
Community Silverplate was manufactured by Oneida
Silversmiths, Sherrill, New York
ASCAS needs new images for next editions of this column.
Members' contribution will be greatly appreciated.
Please send your images and information to ASCAS e-mail
"A WORD per MONTH"
In this column we presents an abstract
from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
POMANDER - "MEMENTO MORI"
"Pomander", from French pomme dambre, i.e.
apple of amber, is a ball made of perfumes, such as
ambergris (whence the name), musk, or civet...
"Memento mori", literally, remember you must die,
is a motif used as decoration of various articles of
silverware in the form of a reminder of mortality, e.g.
a coffin, a death's head or a skeleton....
Closing our JANUARY 2007 edition of ASCAS
Newsletter I hope you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.
My thanks to Joan Barrington (Canada), Bill Belisle (USA), Mary Dostal (USA), Jayne
Dye (USA), Leslie Gray (England UK), Dave Hill (Scotland UK),
Michael Kaufman (USA), Janjaap Luijt (the Nederland), Noël
Lommers (Belgium), Wayne Robbins USA), Alfonso Samayoa
(Guatemala), Willand Ringborg (Sweden), Fredric Sinfield (Australia) for their invaluable
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