Magdalena and William Isbister present:
Native Americans, Hester Bateman and thimbles
... The Bateman silversmithing dynasty is arguably the most
famous British dynasty of silversmiths ever to have been
recorded. Hester Bateman was born Hester Neden or Needham in
1704 in Clerkenwell. Little is known about her childhood except
that she was baptised in October 1708 and was not able to read
or write. In about 1725 she married a gold chain and wire maker,
John Bateman, who it seems never completed an apprenticeship and
was thus not allowed to use his own mark. Hester had six
children, John, Letitia, Ann, Peter, William and Jonathan before
her husband died from Tuberculosis in 1760. They lived at 107
Bunhill Road in the Parish of St Luke in North London and
subsequently bought adjoining properties for two of their
children. Both Peter and Jonathan were apprentice silversmiths
when John Bateman Sr. died. Despite this John senior is reputed
to have left, in his will, unto his loving wife all his "household
goods and implements" and this has been interpreted as
indicating that Hester was already an accomplished silversmith
although this has recently been challenged ....
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Alberto Fabbro - Italy
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Tomas Jurco writes:
... I need information about this tobacco pipe. Any suggestion
would be highly appreciated.
The makers are Joseph Crabb Kershaw-Frederick Francis
Kershaw-Sydney Herbert Jones, possibly trading as Coulshaw,
Jones & Kershaw, 72 Newman Street, London (wholesale
tobacconists and sundries manufacturers).
A similar mark was entered in Chester in 1899.
William H. Isbister writes:
In answer to Janjaap Luijt this might help?
William H. Isbister
Derek Rogers writes:
The alphabet is Sanskrit based. The beaker is certainly Asian
(Burma is a strong possibility) and is marked for 900 standard.
I would be surprised if it was earlier than the 1930's.
Hope this helps.
This month ASCAS presents an ancient image of the
HARRISON FISHER & CO
Active at 70 Trafalgar St. (1897-1899) and
Surrey Lane, Wellington St and 9 Eyre Lane
(1900-1925), Sheffield. Became Harrison Fisher & Co
The firm ceased the manufacture of electroplated
wares in 1925 but continued the trade. The firm used
the trade mark PELHAM PLATE
This image is part of the
FACTORIES, PLANTS, SALESROOMS, SHOPS AND WORKSHOPS:
OLD IMAGES section of www.silvercollection.it
"A WORD per MONTH"
A mechanical or propelling pencil is a pencil with a
replaceable graphite lead not bonded to the outer casing
that can be mechanically extended as its point is worn
The first patent for a "metal pencil with an internal
mechanism for propelling the graphite 'lead' shaft
forward during use" was obtained by Sampson Mordan in
1822 (his co-inventor was John Isaac Hawkins).
In 1823 Mordan bought out the rights of Hawkins,
entering his mark as "smallworker" in London Assay
Office on 9 June 1823 as most of his production was made
in precious metal.....
"A SILVERSMITH per MONTH"
FOX FAMILY, SILVERSMITHS IN LONDON
JAMES TURNER & CHARLES FOX - CHARLES FOX II -
CHARLES THOMAS FOX & GEORGE FOX - GEORGE FOX - ROBERT
FREDERICK FOX - FREDERICK FOX - FREDERICK YONGE FOX
The founder of the firm was
Charles Fox, 'plate worker' active at 139 Old Street,
Goswell Street. He was not apprenticed through the
Goldsmiths' Company nor he was a freeman of the Company.
Charles Fox registered a mark in 1801 in partnership
with James Turner (at 3 Old Street) and a unique mark
alone on 5 September 1804.
In 1822 he was succeeded by his son, Charles Fox II, who
entered various marks in 1822, 1823 (4 marks) and 1838.
Also Charles Fox II was not apprentices nor was a
Freeman of the Goldsmiths' Company.
His works shows consistently high quality and the rapid
entry of marks suggests a fairly large establishment
with varying marks used for different categories of
Fox can be considered the last individualist plateworker
before the debacle of Victorian mass production.....
"A CREST per MONTH"
A crest used by Robert French,
Esq, of Monavi Castle, co. Galway.
The crest is described as "A dolphin naiant".
The motto is "Malo mori quam foedari" (Death rather than
The crest was found on a Chinese silver coffee pot made
by Hung Chong & Co, active at Club Street, Canton and
11b Nankin Road, Shanghai, circa 1860-1930 (source:
Chinese Export Silver 1785-1940, by Adrien von Ferscht).
Closing our AUGUST 2015 edition of ASCAS Newsletter I hope
you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.
My thanks to Magdalena and William Isbister, Tomas Jurco and
David Rubin for their precious contributions.
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