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Mary Kay Felton presents:
There's Some Sparrowgrass in My Shoe Buckle
About a year ago, a respected silver dealer, with whom I
have done a fair amount of business, let me know that a
pair of "long tongs" was part of their incoming
inventory. As a collector of silver tea tongs, which the
dealer and I had just been discussing, I expressed an
interest in seeing photos and a description, once the
tongs were actually in stock. When the tongs arrived,
they were properly described, not as "long tongs" (which
I assumed would be long tea tongs based on the fact we
were discussing tea tongs at the time), but as serving
tongs. Not having any in my current collection, I was
intrigued at the possibility of acquiring a new pair.....
Welcome to new ASCAS members:
David Booth - Canada
Paul Murphy - The Netherlands
Douglas Shand writes:
... I would like to submit the following in hope of receiving
information regarding the armorial which appears on this wax
seal stamp, which I believe maybe Belgian in origin.
The maker's mark, however, differs significantly. The total
weight also differs (mine come to around 970 grams as opposed to
I hope that you shall be able to help me with identifying the
maker of this piece.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Ulyana Pustoshnaya writes:
... I don't know what this item is. I think it is a tyg because
it looks like an object which is on ascasonline.org in the
newsletter 111 in August 2013. An item has Philip Ashberry &
Sons mark and the monogram on it.
The measures of the item are: capacity - 0.750 l; height - about
4 in, diameter of the bottom - about 4 in, diameter of the top -
I would appreciate if you could help me.
Could you answer these questions, please?
1. What is it?
2. Where and who used it? In the restaurants? In the pub? In the
3. When it was made?
4. Whose are the initials on the item?
5. What was the name of the company?
Thank you in advance for your help.
I'm unable to reply to your questions. I trust in the help
of ASCAS members. About the difficulty of dating items as your,
see in this page the column "A Word per Month"
In my opinion it's silverplate. Anyway, I hope that someone
of ASCAS members will be able to identify the mark.
The date on the mark of the egg cup isn't well readable.
Possibly the maker is Gollash Carl, 1855-1866, Vienna, Austria.
The mark on the baby rattle is Italian, maker CELLERINI DANILO E
C. - S.N.C. DI CELLERINI MASSIMO E CELLERINI STEFANO, VIA DEL
CAMPOFIORE 102 - FIRENZE (FI) ITALY. This mark was used after
Janjaap Luijt writes
From the Répertoire général des orfèvres et des marques d'orfèvrerie
en Belgique, 1942-1997: The maker's mark belongs to Sylvain Wolf
of Bruxelles, used from 1942 till appr. 1954.
This month ASCAS presents an ancient advertisement
WATSON & GILLOTT
Caledonia Plate Works
A partnership of William Watson and Herbert Gillott
established in 1896. Cutlery manufacturers active at 23
Furnival St, (1897-1899) and Caledonia Plate Works 26
Eyre Lane, Sheffield (1900-1940)
This image is part of the
ADVERTISEMENTS IN SILVER - SILVER ADVERTISING
section of www.silvercollection.it website
"A WORD per MONTH"
HOW TO DECRYPT THE MARKS
ON ENGLISH SILVERPLATE
AND ELECTROPLATED SILVER
THE STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO TRACE ENGLISH / BRITISH
No codified rule was followed by the makers in the
marking of their electroplated pieces. This makes
difficult the research of information for inexperienced
The objective of this page is to help the visitors of
the site in deciphering the marks of their British
It should be said that the correct definition for
punches present on silverplate is MARK, while the term
HALLMARK is reserved to sterling silver items submitted
to the "Hall" for verification of their fineness......
"A SILVERSMITH per MONTH"
THOMAS PRIME - THOMAS PRIME & SON
According to an ancient
advertisement, the firm was founded in 1818. In 1840
Thomas Prime was active as close-plater at Northwood
Prime developed a method of plating called Magnetic
Plate and in 1844, to the plans of John Stephen Woolrich,
was built a special machine to deposit silver, gold or
copper (one of these machines was used also by Elkington).
In 1849 the firm advertised that "...Electro Deposition
of Silver, Gold, &c. by the Agency of Magnetic Machinery
was brought to practical perfection by him..." on White
Metal, on Steel and in Superior German Silver. The firm
was active at the Patent Magneto Plate Works, 18 and 19
Northwood Street, Birmingham with other premises at 49
Salisbury Square, Fleet Street, London....
"A CREST per MONTH"
AKARYS (1), AKASTER (2), ANTRAM (3), ASPINALL (4),
ASPINWALL(5), AUNGER (6), BALLANTYNE (7), BALLARD (8),
BANNATYNE (10), BLACKMAN (10), BLACKMANE (11), BLACKMORE
(12), BOYER (13), BRADFOOT (14), BRAIDFOOT (15),
BRADFUTE (16), BROWNE (17), CANNING (18), CATER (19),
CHADBORN (20), CHATTERTON (21), CHESTER (22), COCKSHUTT
(23), COLLINS (24), CUFF (25), DIDDIER (26), DIDEAR(
27), DODSON (28), DOLBY (29), DOLSEBY (30), DUGDALE
(31), DUPUY (32), EVELEIGH (33), FOLLET (34), FORSYTH
(35), GARDE (36), GARDINER (37), GARVAGH (38), GILLAM
(39), GODFREY (40), GRANTHAM (41), GRIMSHAW (42), HALL
(43), HANCOCKE (44), HOLMES (45), HOLROYD (46), KING
(47), LANE (48), LEATHES (49), LESLIE (50), LESTER (51),
LEWIS (52), LOWE (53), M'GEORGE (54), M'HAFFIE (55),
MAJOREBANKS (56), MAJORIBANKS (57), MARJORIBANKS (58),
MEVERELL (59), MORRALL (60), MORWELL (61), MOUNTSTEPHEN
(62), MOUNTSTEVEN (63), NEAGLE (64), NEWCOURT (65),
NEWMARCH (66), PAGE (67), PARES (68), PATESHALL (69),
PEERS (70), PIGEON (71), RANDALL (72), REEVES (73),
REGAN (74), RIX (75), ROSSON (76), RUSSELL (77), SCOT
(78), SCOTT (79), SHADWELL (80), STEADMAN (81), SWAYNE
(82), THOMPSON (83), TWISS (84), WALLER (85)
A crest of slightly different
shape used by many families.
(1) Eng. (2) Eng. (3) Dors. (4) Preston, Lanc. (5)
Manchester. (6) Lond. (7) Sco. (8) Unknown (9) Sco. (10)
East Indies and London (11) East Indies and London (12)
Eng. (13) unknown (14) Sco. (15) Sco. (16) Sco. (17)
unknown (18) Viscount (Canning) (19) Berk. Hunts. and
Leic.(20) Glouc. (21) Cambs. (22) Bush Hall, Herts. (23)
Lanc. and Salop. (24) unknown. (25) Eng. (26) unknown
(27) unknown (28) unknown (29) Ess. and Leic. (30)
unknown (31) Eng. (32) unknown (33) Devons. (34) Devons.
(35) Sco. (36) unknown (37) unknown (38) Baron, Iri.
(39) unknown (40) Eng. (41) unknown (42) High Bank,
Lanc. (43) Sco. (44) Devons. (45) Derby (46) unknown
(47) unknown (48) Middx. (49) unknown (50) Sco. (51)
unknown (52) Salop. (53) Staff. (54) Sco. (55) Sco. (56)
Sco. (57) Sco. (58) Sco. (59) Staff. (60) Salop. (61)
unknown (62) Northamp. (63) Devons. and Northamp. (64)
unknown (65)Devons. (66) Northumb. (67) Somers. (68)
Derbs. and Leic. (69) Heref. (70) Oxon. (71) Lond. (72)
Iri. (73) Eng. (74) Iri. (75) Eng. (76) Eng. (77) Bucks.
(78) Kent, Hunts. and Suss. (79) Salop. and Wel. (80)
Eng. (81) Eng. (82) Dors. (83) unknown (84) unknown (85)
The crest is described as "a griffin's head".
The crest was found on a silver fork, hallmarked Exeter,
1867, silversmith maker Josiah Williams & Co (James &
Josiah Williams): MORE at
JOSIAH WILLIAMS & CO page
FAMILY CRESTS: LIST OF NAMES
Closing our JANUARY 2014 edition of
ASCAS Newsletter I hope you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.
My thanks to Mary Kay Felton, Janjaap Luijt, Ricardo Moreira,
Ulyana Pustoshnaya, Douglas Shand, Alan Yates, Adam Zulawnik for
their precious contributions.
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