Christophe Ginter presents:
The forgotten silversmiths of French revolution
Les orfèvres oubliés de la Révolution Française
The objective of this article is the identification of
Paris silversmiths whose activity has been 'forgotten'
as their marks were never registered, due to the
disorder caused by the French Revolution of July 14,
1789. To my knowledge, these silversmiths aren't listed
in any bibliographic record and this article is a small
contribute to rehabilitate their activity of skilled
craftsmen. Their marks are well presents on silverware
owned by French and foreigners collectors, often unsure
about the authenticity of their silver punched with
unidentified marks never subjected to registration......
Welcome to new ASCAS members:
John Baker - USA
Daniel Duffin - South Africa
Andrew Jackson - England UK
Richard Mytton-Mills - USA
Chris Yates - England UK
Anthony B. writes:
...I love your web site and just saw your
article on the Skyphos cup. I am trying (desperately!) to
find out who may have made this fantastic jug. Its 60 0z. Super
high quality. Possibly Italian c 1870 or maybe French I think.
I have also a page from a 1941 catalogue of a very famous estate
sale of the collection of Henry Walters in the US. All these
pieces are listed as Milello. See lot 1155. It's not quite my
own which is less stylized and a less faithful copy of the
original bronze, though all the better for it as a piece of
Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated.
Both marks are from The Netherlands, 833/1000 silver
The first mark was used from 1814 to 1853. The date of the
second is 1919 (possibly). I'm unable to identify the makers.
Mark Dwen writes:
... a few years ago my Nan gave me this cigarette case that had
belonged to her father and she said it was silver.
I was just wondering if you know what the hallmarks mean
Thanks for your help
Gilles Faivre writes:
...I have a coffee pot and a sugar bowl late 19th / early 20th
punched CB surrounding a press copy, Claudius Louis Boyron
goldsmith in Lyon.
There is a second punch in a circle that looks like a crab. My
question is on the 2nd punch: is it the punched crab sterling
silver or other metallic silver punch?
Thank you in advance for the help you can give me
Obviously silverplate, nothing to do with a presumably
punched crab for sterling silver used in France, anyway after
In my opinion your items isn't a small trowel but a cake
Johnny Kennedy writes:
my girlfriend's grandparents have two silver containers, and
they don't know what they are.
I have been doing research and have not been able to find much
information. They were made by JD&S.
Any information that you can provide about the maker and their
use would be greatly appreciated.
The maker is James Deakin & Sons, see my website at
Your item is, probably, a biscuit holder
Robin Gibson writes:
I have a teapot for which I am unable to identify the maker, but
wondered if it might be the Alexander Clark Manufacturing
May someone enlighten me please
Alan Yates writes
My reply to Audra Poland's question about the milk jug and
I can understand the puzzle presented by these two items. First,
unmarked as you say, and secondly, due to the absence of similar
items with marks.
Accordingly, we need to resort to experience and intuition, or 'feel',
and in my opinion the items are not silver.
My reasons very briefly are as follows:
The gauge of the metal at the top of both bowls looks much
heavier than other silver bowls and jugs.
The method used to fix the bowls to the bases is not typical of
silver but is for similar plated objects.
And the heavy brackets between bowls and wooden handles just
look like plated brackets and if I'm not mistaken, brass screws
have been used.
I note that Audra did not make mention of whether or not the
items were properly tested for silver. I suggest that they are
tested and I look forward to hearing the outcome.
Just my opinion but I hope it will be useful and I look forward
to reading the opinions of other members.
This month ASCAS presents an ancient image of the
FERGUSON & COMPANY
Ferguson & Company, Jewellers, Silversmiths, Etc.
'The Corner', Durban, South Africa, 1897
"Conducting their business on a Strictly Cash Basis in
Buying and Selling, and being Direct Importer -buying
only from the ACTUAL MAKERS- Ferguson & Company are in a
position to offer better value than any other House in
This image is part of the
FACTORIES, PLANTS, SALESROOMS, SHOPS AND WORKSHOPS: OLD
IMAGES section of www.silvercollection.it website
"A WORD per MONTH"
Examples of silver cream scoop (cream skimmer) were
made in Scotland in 18th and 19th century.
They were used to skim the cream from the milk, having
the form of a flat semicircular band attached to a long
"A SILVERSMITH per MONTH"
HENRY HODSON PLANTE
Henry Hodson Plante was active
for about 60 years as silversmith and electroplater in
Birmingham and London. He opened and closed various
firms and partnerships between the early 1860s and the
The partnership between Henry Hodson Plante, Joseph
Hirons and Rowland Bourne was created c. 1860. The firm
Hirons, Plante & Bourne was active at 54-56 Frederick
Street, Birmingham and 41 Hatton Garden, London. In 1878
Rowland Bourne left the partnership and firm changed its
name to Hirons, Plante & Co. In 1882, after the
retirement of Joseph Hirons, Henry Hodson Plante
continued the activity as H.H. Plante & Co. He ceased
this activity before 1894 (in 1894 the sole partner was
Emily Catherine Plante). In 1897 the firm was converted
into a limited liability company as H.H. Plante & Co Ltd
under the direction of Albert H. Plante, Albert Grinder
and Henry P. Macklin. The activity was closed in 1899...
"A CREST per MONTH"
ALBALANDA , ARDERNE, BACON, BARRION, BELLE, BLEDDYN,
BLEEDDYN, BODKIN, BOSCAWEN, CALTON, CANTLOW, CLOTWORTHY,
CRAIGE, CRAIGG, CRAIGGE, CRAIGIE, CRAIGY, CREWE,
CRUDINGTON, EASTWOOD, EUSTON, FINDLAY, FINDLEY,
FITZGERALD, GAIRDEN, GAISFORD, GAMMON, GARDEN, GEORGES,
GUINNESS, HAMMOND, HARPER, HUDDERSFIELD, JEFFCOTT,
JEPHCOTT, KEOGH, LANGLEY, LEGRYLE, LISBONE, LISBORNE,
MAGENIS, MAGINNISE, NISBET, ORPWOOD, PHILLIPSON, QUAPLOD,
ROLLO, SANDOM, SIDNEY, SWINNY, TROTTER, VERE, WARE,
A crest used by various
The crest is described as "A boar, passant". The motto
is " I byde it" The crest was found in an Old Sheffield
Plate dish cover, marked GK
Closing our AUGUST 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 Anthony B., Christophe Ginter, Debi C., Mark
Dwen, Gilles Faivre, Robin Gibson, Johnny Kennedy, Alan Yates
for their precious contributions.
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