ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silvernewsletter # 147 August 2016 SITE MAP

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Magdalena and William Isbister present:

Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century French Silver Thimble Masters' Mark English version

My wife has been interested in thimbles since the early 1970s and I became interested as a result of buying thimbles for the collection during my many trips overseas to medical meetings and conferences. It became mandatory for me to learn something about the items that I was searching for and over the years, I became interested and a collector too! During the time of our collecting, we have managed to amass a modest number of French thimbles and we have spent many hours studying their markings and trying to identify their makers. The assay marks for French silver are well documented and will not be discussed further in this paper....
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New members

Welcome to new ASCAS members:

MÚlanie Lecorneur - France
Katherine Williams - USA

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Melanie Carne writes:
... I recently purchased a lot of what I thought was old silver plate. I came across a piece that is rather unusual and has hallmarks similar to those in some of your articles. I am a layperson and I'm definitely no expert. I need someone to help me accurately identify this piece. Any assistance from you would be highly appreciated thank you.
Melanie Carne

Looks as pseudo hallmarks used by George Roth, see my website at
In this case could be 800/1000 silver
Giorgio Busetto

Allen Carlson writes:
... I have recently purchased a Georg Jensen Sterling pin that carries a 1904-1908 hallmark with the conjoined G and J. This mark seems out of place with the other hallmarks on the piece. It does have a trombone style pin which should date it to the 1930's or earlier.
I have seen several other Jensen items with similar marks. Please help me feel better about the piece.
Allen Carlson


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 column is published under the kind permission of Giorgio Busetto's website home page
Diamond Jubilee Hallmark leaflet

This month ASCAS presents a leaflet announcing the issue of the commemorative hallmark celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II


The Diamond Jubilee was the fourth commemorative hallmark celebrating the Reign of Queen Elizabeth II. It followed the Coronation mark (1952), the Silver Jubilee mark (1977) and the Golden Jubilee mark (2002).


In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
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Ancient image of the Goldsmiths' Hall



The Goldsmiths' Company is one of the twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London.
The origin of the Company dates to the 12th century when acted as a guild for goldsmiths trade, silversmiths and jewellers.
The general members of the Company are called Freemen. Becoming a member of the Company is achieved by Service (serving and completing apprenticeship), by Redemption (nominated and seconded by members and paying an entrance fee) or by Patrimony (having a parent with the status of Freeman at the time of applicant's birth).
Above the Freemen is the Livery, which is composed of Liverymen elected from the Freemen of the Company..... MORE...


In this column we present marks, information and history of silversmiths and silver manufacturers.
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The firm claims to have been established in 1812, possibly by the descendants of Etienne de Tessier, a Huguenot refugee who arrived in England in 1712, but the first information about the business are in an 1841 directory listing a Griffin & Tessier, goldsmiths and silversmiths, at 32 South Audley Street.
One of the partners was Louis (Lewis) Alexander Tessier (c.1795-after 1861) who in 1851 advertised as Louis Tessier & Sons, active as artists in hair mourning jewellery at 32 Conduit Street and 32 South Audley Street.
After the retirement of L.A. Tessier (1857) the business was continued by his sons Henry Thomas Louis Tessier (1816-1891) and Edward Tessier.
The partnership, active also at 26 New Bond Street, was dissolved in 1869....


In this column we present images and descriptions of Crests and Mottoes of British, Irish and Scottish families as engraved on silver items.
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family crest: ARBUTHNOT

A peacock's head
The crest of Arbuthnot family (Bart., Edinburgh).
The motto is 'Innocent and true'
The crest was found on a silverplate Mustard pot (unmarked) and on an accompanying silverplate Mustard spoon made by Mappin & Webb

Silverplate Mustard pot and spoon trade mark of Mappin & Webb

Closing our August 2016 edition of ASCAS Newsletter I hope you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.

My thanks to Allen Carlson, Melanie Carne, Magdalena and William Isbister for their precious contributions.

Giorgio Busetto


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