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Magdalena and William Isbister present:
Victorian Pictorial ('castle'), Commemorative and Souvenir Thimbles
Alexandrina Victoria was born in May 1819. She was the niece of William lV and inherited the throne at
eighteen years of age. In 1840 she married her first cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
She died in 1901 and was the longest ruling British monarch. Her subjects were known as the "Victorians" and during her reign they built palaces, bridges, and tunnels, they travelled widely and attended expositions in great numbers. Victorian thimble makers were quite prolific and unquestionably made more "pictorial" thimbles than any other thimble makers either before Victoria came to the throne or after her death. Many thimbles commemorated the Queens reign but many other Victorian activities were illustrated on these thimbles (sometimes called "commemorative", "castle", or "souvenir" thimbles) too. In this paper examples of these "pictorial" thimbles will be described.....
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Hayley Dawson - Canada
Tadeo Hernández writes:
...I live in the Mexican Pacific coast, in the city of Mazatlán. This is an industrial and tourist port with thousands of vessels of all kinds cruising our waters for centuries. A few years ago, an industrial diver found a tea pot in the bottom of the sea while he was working in the dredge works of the main harbour. He gave it to my father as a gift and now I have it.
We're interested in finding out more about this item. I did some research and it seems that it may be from the mid 20th century (1940's?), but am not sure. We are curious to find out if it's older and of what tea set it may have been part of. We presume it fell from a foreign ship, but do not have any further information at all.
Any information provided would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!!!
Roland Fischer writes:
I came across your website and was wondering if you could help me identify the silver mark?
Many thanks for your help.
Sterling silver, hallmarked Dublin, date 1978, maker Kilkenny Design Workshops
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
OTHER SILVER ADVERTISEMENTS
FACTORIES, PLANTS, SALESROOMS, SHOPS AND WORKSHOPS: OLD IMAGES
This month ASCAS presents an image of the
860 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, N.Y.
The Silversmith's Co was formed in 1892 uniting the firms of Gorham, Whiting, Dominick & Haff, Shiebler, and Towle. The purpose of the company was to secure "a uniformity of methods among the different Companies engaged in the trade, especially as regards the quality of the material used".
In the facade of the five-story building at 860 Broadway, New York, were displayed the signs of ALVIN MFG CO (1), JB & SM KNOWLES CO (2), TAYLOR & BROTHER, THOS G. BROWN & SONS (3), HOWARD STERLING CO (4), J.F. FRADLEY & CO (5), WILLIAM B. KERR & CO (6), LUDWIG REDLICH & CO (7), JOHN A, RILEY & SLOAN CO, HEBBARD & BROS and DOMINICK & HAFF (8) in the whole fifth-story.
In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"