ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver

newsletter # 159 August 2017
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Two new articles for ASCAS website

David McKinley presents:

The Parisian Haraches in London in the early 18th century English version

The first mention of the name Harache so far discovered occurs in Spain and dates to 1487 when a Jew named Abraham Harache was arrested in the town of Allariz for blasphemy and speaking against the Virgin Mary. From it we learn that the family was originally Jewish but it seems that somewhen soon after this event, probably in 1492 following the 'Decree of Expulsion' which dictated that all Jews must leave Spain taking none of their possessions with them unless they became Christian, they converted to Christianity.
Notwithstanding this conversion the family must have left Spain since the name next occurs in France in 1563. A mark plate held by the Goldsmiths Corporation of Rouen, which was raised in that year following the destruction of the earlier plate during the sacking of the Goldsmiths' Hall the year before, records the names P. Harache and I. Harache together with their marks and this shows us that goldsmithing was the chosen craft of this family.......
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English version

Maurice Meslans presents:

The mysterious Boar's Head mark English version

For over 40 years I have enjoyed learning about French 18th century silver. It was always a bit exciting when I found a control mark that I hadn't seen before and had to look up. I also have always been interested in finding and trying to explain inconsistent marks, and even more interested in finding fake marks.
About a year ago I saw a piece of French silver in an online auction catalogue. As is almost the norm for auction houses, they didn't supply enough information or pictures, and didn't respond to an inquiry. As nearly as I could determine, at the time, the piece had just two marks, a maker's mark and a boar's head mark with a number 1 in an oval cartouche. I knew about Robert Massart's excellent article LE POINÇON DE RECENSE EN FRANCE (, in which he shows a little known boar's head mark said to be 1795. But there was a problem, he shows a right facing head. The mark I saw was left facing. At first I thought somehow someone had turned the photo of the mark around, a mirror image, but comparing the marks there is no question they are very different. I marked it down as an unexplained problem, but kept a photo for later research......
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English version

New members

Welcome to new ASCAS members:

Idzarda Linderbergh - The Netherlands
John Sagl - USA
Karen Williams - USA

Members' Window # 114 (revised and updated 2017 version)

Art Nouveau WMF ostrich cutlery mark, used between 1903 and 1930

David N. Nikogosyan presents the revised and updated version of


The latest investigation of Dr. David N. Nikogosyan is a tremendous step forward in the understanding of marks on the silver-plated items produced by Wurtemberg Metalware Factory (WMF). Together with more precise dating of the already known stamps of this company, the author managed to identify a whole new class of marks used for export products made especially for the UK/USA and Austria-Hungary markets. This breakthrough was simultaneously achieved for both hollow ware and cutlery. In addition, the author discovered so-called "small marks" on hollow ware which were used when there was not enough space for customary marking. Concerning cutlery products, Dr. D.N. Nikogosyan described for the first time the marks on napkin rings, and identified the Art Deco ostrich mark, used for the items of higher artistic quality. The total number of mark photos has been increased from 94 to 169 for hollow ware products and from 103 to 150 for cutlery and napkin rings.
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Paul N Whitaker writes:
...I've been told by someone this is Walker & Hall. It is off a walking cane.
I was just curious for your thought?
Any info appreciated greatly. Thanks for your time.
Paul N Whitaker

In my opinion the mark refers to Leslie James Anthony Hartley trading as The Wayne Hart Co.
They were manufacturing and wholesale jewellers, active at Warstone Lane, Birmingham . They registered a similar mark in 1945 at Chester Assay Office.
I'm unable to decrypt the inscription in the rectangle. Missing other marks (lion passant, date letter, town) I presume it's silverplate and not sterling silver
Giorgio Busetto

Maria Entrup-Henemann writes:
...thank you for always providing a newsletter with interesting articles and a lot of information.
Now I have a question to the ASCAS members (I think a few of them have special knowledge about Russian hallmarks): The pictures enclosed show a Moscow salt, but I cannot find any information on the silversmith (Cyrillic letters like "Peus"?)
Maybe somebody has any helpful hints.
Many thanks and kindest regards
Maria Entrup-Henemann

According to Postnikova-Loseva book this mark have a connection with those of Konstantin Pyets, Moscow 1835-1875 (the book is written in Russian and I'm unable to translate the reference -click here- )
Giorgio Busetto

Roslyn Zelenka writes:
...Can you help me with identifying these two silver pieces, I only know that they are from Austria.
Roslyn Zelenka

I'm unable to well read the town letter on Diana mark (bottom right).
If the letter is "A" (Vienna) I find various makers using similar HS or SH mark. Possibly the mark refers to Hermann Schwertner
-click here- .
If the date letter is "B" (Lienz), sorry I don't have information
Giorgio Busetto

Andrew J. Brasch writes:
...Could you help me who is the maker? The letters are F.W.O.E
Thanks so much for your assistance
Andrew J. Brasch

Derek Jones writes:
...Here is something that may be of interest to include in a newsletter, however I let you be the judge as to it's suitability. So , here is the story ......
I obtained this article from eBay where it was listed as a "mystery object" with the seller stating that they had no idea as to its use and that there was obviously a missing part to fit into the vertical slot.
I had never seen another like it in years of searching the world wide sites of silver but had an idea that it might be a desk accessory to hold a wax stick holder, one of which I already had.
I was pleased to find that wax stick & holder did indeed fit into the vertical slot but have been wondering if in fact that is what the "mystery object" was designed for as silversmiths of that era turned out some weird & wonderful pieces to display their craftsmanship.
I would be pleased if you or your members would have any knowledge of the object and indeed if there is another use for it.
Made by Chrisford & Norris Birmingham 1909.
Thank you,
Derek Jones

Novelties were in great fashion in early 1900.
Undoubtedly a desk accessory and the box could be a stamp holder.
Possibly the stick holder is oversized in relation to the object
Giorgio Busetto


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


This month ASCAS presents an 1892 advertisement of
Santa Fé, New Mexico

Scarce information is available about this firm. In an 1892 advertisement the firm presents itself as the "Mexican Filagree Jewelers, Santa Fé, New Mexico. Manufacturers of Filagree Souvenir Spoons and everything in the Filagree line".

Geo. W. Hickox & Co, 1892 advertisement


In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
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The earliest known mention of such a piece is in 1661, wherein it is described as follows "...salver is a new fashioned piece of wrought plate, broad and flat, with a foot underneath, and is used in giving beer, or other liquid thing to save the Carpit or Cloathes from drops..."
Originally they stand on a foot underneath but within a short time they left place to the more attractive shapes on three or four short feet.
Salvers occur in various sizes and shapes. being basically circular but in some cases square or polygonal with rounded corners (rare triangular examples are also known).... MORE...


In this column we present marks, information and history of silversmiths and silver manufacturers.
This column is published under the kind permission of Giorgio Busetto's website home page


The firm of Elizur G. Webster began the silverplating activity at 175 Broadway, NY in 1860.
In 1864 E.G. Webster entered in partnership with William Dupree forming the firm Webster & Dupree active at 447 Broome (serving probably as the factory of the business).
In 1865, Adelbert A. Webster joined his brother forming E.G. Webster & Brother active at 14 Maiden Lane.
The activity of Webster & Dupree continued at 447 Broome until c. 1866 when presumably became the factory of the new Webster Manufacturing Co (Dupree remained in the business as factory's superintendent). The location at 14 Maiden Lane became the firm's showroom.
In 1867 the Webster Manufacturing Co was incorporated with E.G. Webster as president and A.A. Webster as secretary but in 1875 the firm changed its name back to E.G. Webster & Brother..... MORE...


In this column we present images and descriptions of Crests and Mottoes of British, Irish and Scottish families as engraved on silver items.
This column is published under the kind permission of Giorgio Busetto's website home page



family crest:  CAMPBELL - LORN - MC'TAVISH

The crest of Robert-Nutter Campbell, Esq. of Ormidale Argylll and of Lorn and M'Tavish families (Scotland)
The Latin motto is 'Ne obliviscaris' (you must not forget)
The crest is described as 'a boar's head, couped'
The crest was found on a circular form silver salver hallmarked London 1801, maker William Bennett

William Bennett, London 1801 on a salver with family crest:  CAMPBELL - LORN - MC'TAVISH
family crest:  CAMPBELL - LORN - MC'TAVISH on a silver salver, London 1801

- 1779 -

This table is obtained from The Book of Entries of the Names, Places of abode and Marks of the several Silversmiths and Plate Workers residing in Sheffield, or within twenty miles thereof, who are required to send their goods to the Assay Office, lately established in the Town of Sheffield by an Act of Parliament lately passed in the Thirteenth Year of the Reign of King George the Third intituled:
An Act for appointing Wardens and Assaymasters for
Assaying Wrought Plate in the Towns of Sheffield
and Birmingham

YEAR 1779

Sheffield Assay Office: hallmarks register
Sheffield Assay Office: 1779 hallmarks register

Closing our August 2017 edition of ASCAS Newsletter I hope you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.

My thanks to Andrew J. Brasch, Maria Entrup-Henemann, Derek Jones, David McKinley, Maurice Meslans, David N. Nikogosyan, Paul N Whitaker and Roslyn Zelenka for their precious contributions.

Giorgio Busetto


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