Andrea Menarini presents:
The pleasure of the investigation
Il piacere dell'indagine
I too am a fan of flea markets, antique shops or flea
markets, and on Sunday morning, as an employee going to
work, I leave for my hunt.
ASCAS members Katy Galewski and Lazar Freidgeim have
well illustrated the matter in their articles and the
excitement caused by the discovery of a rare piece
buried in a basket of junk.
It's an emotion that goes far beyond the gratification
of having done a bargain in economic terms. In her
article Katy Galewski confirms this feeling with the
donation made after the purchase of two Tiffany dishes
bought for ninety cents in the Salvation Army store
(see: Silver on My Mind).
It is the ancestral pride of the fisherman, of the
hunter or of the searcher for mushrooms who comes home
with a nice booty, as Lazar Freidgeim writes in his
(see: Garage Sale Saga)....
Welcome to new ASCAS members:
Dianne Arthur - Australia
Charles Finder - USA
Thomas Niklasson - Sweden
Alejandro Pinzon - USA
Bill Poynton writes:
... Can I ask members to help me please? A couple of month ago I
acquired 18th. century 2-colour gold Etui, with all the tools
At the time I had not researched the marks but I was aware of
the potential age. I've now narrowed it down to 1788, made in
Bohemian Holy Roman Empire, now Czechoslovakia.
The piece carries: a town mark with year, a maker's mark and a
There's nothing definite in Rosenberg.
If any members can point me to a reference book covering this
period I'd be very grateful.
Robin Holmes writes:
... I need your help to identify these spoons a bought recently.
Thanks for any suggestion you can supply
I bought this as an "apostle spoon" and it was supposed to
be very old
These spoons seem old, and I suppose could be from the
German area (in mid 1800's there were settlers in this part of
South Africa from what is today Germany)
This mark is (S4Z), with what looks like a O above the 4
Spoons similar to these are usually tourist junk, but these are
hard and clean like silver
Without any mark I would reckon that these to be from
Central Europe, but the marks are unknown to me
Massimo Simonato writes:
... I need information about this pair of candlestick with the
mark of Buccellati. I presume they have Italian hallmark of mid
Thanks for your help.
In this case Buccellati is the retailer. The maker is Ilario
Pradella (see my website at
The hallmark dates to 1950 - 1970 circa.
Your piece is a "couvert à gigot" (lamb chop holder) with French
hallmarks. I'm unable to identify the maker and trust in the
help of ASCAS members for a possible identification.
Leo van Retep writes
The fourth image shows a fork made in Amsterdam. Maker's
mark FRP for Frederik Precht I, registered in Amsterdam during
1744-1786. City guild mark for Amsterdam, date letter B for 1761
or 1786 but I lean towards 1761. Lion rampant facing left in a
crowned shield; standard mark province Holland denoting minimum
Leo van Retep
In this column we presents a page obtained from makers'
brochures, books, auction catalogs, advertising or whatever
other printed paper, related to silver, that may be of interest
for ASCAS members.
The images will be published at a "low resolution" level and for
private and personal use only
This month ASCAS presents an ancient advertisement
of Connell, London
83 Cheapside, London
Modern Artist's Jewellery And Silverware
The business was founded by William Connell in the early
19th century. George Lawrence Connell (manager of the
firm 1902-1917) was responsible for the introduction of
"modern artistic silverware". The firm retailed works in
Art Nouveau Style designed by Kate Harris and
manufactured by William Hutton & Sons.
"A WORD per MONTH"
Tyg is a drinking vessel in use since the Middle
Ages. According to Sir James Murray (first editor of "A
New English Dictionary on Historical Principles", now
known as The Oxford English Dictionary) the word "tyg"
is derived from the Anglo - Saxon word tygel, denoting
anything made of clay.
Originally the tyg was an earthenware receptacle having
two, three or even four handles, set equidistant from
The handles divide the rim into separate sections used
by several drinkers and the multiple handles allow hot
drinks to be passed around.....
"A SILVERSMITH per MONTH"
WEST & SON
MATTHEW WEST - CLARKE & WEST - MATTHEW WEST & SONS
The firm dates its origin to
1720, but the first documented of the family's
association with silver trade is in 1748 when John West
(born 1734) apprenticed to Bartholomew Mosse, Master
Silversmith of Dublin. He was followed by his brother
Matthew (1747 - 1806) who apprentices in 1762.
After their apprenticeship both were active as
silversmiths and Matthew became Master of the Company of
Goldsmiths in 1783/4 and one of the most renowned
silversmiths of Dublin.
Matthew West was active at Skinner's Row.....
"A CREST per MONTH"
In this column we present images and
descriptions of Crests and Mottoes of British, Irish and
Scottish families as engraved on silver items.
FAMILY CRESTS: LIST OF NAMES
This column is published under the kind permission of Giorgio
Flood, an Irish family
The crest is described as "a wolf's head, erased".
The Latin motto is Vis unita fortior (Power
increased by union).
The crest was found on a silver matchbox holder made by
Horton & Allday, hallmarked Birmingham 1895
Closing our AUGUST 2013 edition of
ASCAS Newsletter I hope you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.
My thanks to Giotto Bargigia, Robin Holmes, Andrea Menarini,
Bill Poynton, Massimo Simonato, Leo van Retep for their precious
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