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Dominique Mayeux writes:
... with the help of www.silvercollection.it I was able to
identify some of the marks of my spoon. If I'm not wrong
- St George for Moscow 1892
- 84 for silver quality 84 zol. = 875/1000
- A.C for Aleksandr Alekseevich Smirnov (assayer)
- 1894 as for date of manufacturing
- BUT ... who is this "silversmith CK" ???
I found this "plique à jour" in Cairo
My thanks to who may tell me the utility of this spoon
- sugar ?
- caviar ?
- item of display/decorative ?
The maker is Syemyen Kazakov, active in Moscow 1889/1908.
In my opinion these spoons were only decorative objects
By the way; I believe that your spoon has a "cloisonné" and not
Cloisonné is a type of decoration obtained using enamel on a
metal base in which the design is outlined by metal fillets (cloisons
in French) secured to the metal (ref: Dictionary of Silverware).
The plique-à-jour technique is designed to produce an effect of
a stained-glass window in miniature through the use of
translucent enamels. The technique is exactly the same as
cloisonné enamelling except that the strips of metal forming the
cells are only temporarily attached-not soldered-to a metal base
to which the enamel will not stick (ref: Britannica).
Journe Y. writes:
...I was trying to find out information on 2 items I got,
but not sure what they might be worth...
They are 800 silver by Otto Schneider and came from Germany.
They are 2 identical tankards with the lid is the Head of an
Eagle, and the rest of the body goes down the tanker. They have
German letters and a name you can read. One of them has "55th Inf Brigade Kaiser Wilhelm 1 No110".
They had a letter inside where
it read to her daughter that she got the tankards in an attic in
1946 in the former headquarter building in Hidedelberg Germany
that was being occupied by the U.S third army staff.
I have a few pics if you might have seen something like this
before...thank you for any information you can give me.
Marcos Sartirana writes:
...... I enclose the images of a spoon I have. Any information
would be highly appreciated. Marcos Sartirana, (2-1-1978)
The marks of your spoon were identified by Geldolph Everts
as "Soviet Russia" (see June 2008 Newsletter). The oddity is the
well identifiable German symbol inscribed on the handle
Sebastiano Gardoni writes:
... I need your help to identify the marks of this silver
sweetmeat dish (I believe it was made in Paris, 1760 c.)
... and on this Dutch bowl (bearing also London 1903 import
Thank you for any help you can supply.
Svein Solhjell writes:
... I have purchased this silver fork in Sweden, but I believe
it is of foreign origin. I guess it is French based on the
design, but this is only a guess. A crowned coat-of-arms on what
is to day the back, has been (almost) wiped off and a new
initial replaced it.
The maker's mark has a star on top and below first an "I" and
then a dot and then perhaps a second "I", but this is unclear.
No country or town marks.
Can you help me with the identification?
Replies to questions
Lewis receives this reply about her silver "quaich"
( see July Newsletter)
Janjaap Luijt writes:
... Although the marks are not well readable, I
recognize the Dutch lion in the middle and one mark as a
makers mark (something W*). The other four marks are
pseudo-marks. Perhaps Josephine is able to find two
other marks in the decorations on the handles.
Met vriendelijke groet,
Patricia Lozano receives this reply about her
( see July 2008 Newsletter)
Lloyd Prator writes:
...I look all through Jacksons and Culme,
and found no FE mark that looked right. However,
I have a book from the Sheffield Library,
written by Jacqueline Richardson, the librarian,
in 1997. In that book, she lists a similar mark
as an early mark of Frederick Elkington.
Elkington later became a notable Birmingham
So, what do you think? Early Elkington piece?
receives this reply about her silver
( see July 2008 Newsletter)
... Actually, the marks are not
fancy ones from Hanau or anywhere else.
These marks may be described as follows:
- big mark on the left is a crowned A
that was used in Paris from 1722 up to
1727, for "charging" the silver devices
(the silversmith declared to the tax
authorities that he had received an
order for making the bowls. Hence this
mark that was set before finalizing the
- second mark = RM with star in-between,
under a crowned Fleur de Lys, for the
silversmith: Robert MOTHE, registered in
Paris in 1704. The mark was set together
with the "charge" mark.
- then a crowned I , confirming that the
bowls have a reliable silver title. This
letter indicates, too, that the bowls
were sold in 1725, precisely.
- finally, the last mark on the right,
that was used in Paris from 1722 up to
1727 for "discharging" the bowls, i.e
confirming that the tax has been duly
paid to the authorities. This is a human
(childish) face within a sun.
Regarding the small mark on the left, I
cannot read on the picture what it is.
It is sure that it is not an 18th
century French mark, maybe not French at
all (i.e. the devices were controlled
later elsewhere for confirming the
The good state of these marks may not
appear surprising for such devices, as
marks are set on the bottom, allowing a
very good conservation.
On the other hand, all marks are
actually corresponding to original ones.
There is no obvious mistake that would
Congratulations to the happy few.
Bronia supplies the translation
of Russian text of R.PLEVKEVICH
& CO advertising on " A Page per
June 2008 Newsletter
Russian text translation:
Factory of a
R. Plevkevich & Co
PAGE per MONTH"
this column we present a page
obtained from makers' brochures,
books, auction catalogs,
advertising or whatever other
printed paper related to silver,
which may be of interest for
The images will be published at
a "low resolution" level and for
private and personal use only
This month ASCAS
presents a "fresco"
representing King Assuer
and Esther banquet
painted in 1625 c. by
Giovanni Carlone in
Villa Soprani of
Editrice, Genova 1988)
The painting offers
an excellent image of
how Italian nobility of
the 17th century
organized their dinner
tables (plates, knives,
salts, tazzas, etc.) and
displayed on the
ornamental silver pieces.
WORD per MONTH"
this column we presents an
abstract from a page of the "What
is? Silver Dictionary"
Mether is a
Celtic origin used in
Ireland to drink mead,
an alcoholic beverage
made of honey, water and
Early examples found in
bogs are four sided
wooden cups with three
or four handles
elongated at the end, so
they end parallel to the
Silver examples based on
manufactured since the
18th century and at the
beginning of the 20th
century many UK makers
resumed the manufacture
of silver mether cups,
often used as
presentation cups or as
a child's Christening
BOOK ON MY SHELF"
this column we present books,
new or ancient, dealing with
silver in all its aspects
(history, marks, oddities...).
This isn't a "book review" but
only a fair presentation of some
useful "tools" that anyone may
have in the shelf of his
ASCAS members are invited to
contribute to this column
(click to enlarge
The "book on the shelf" of
this month is presented by Karin
Taplinger Publishing Co.
Inc. New York - 1965
our AUGUST 2008 edition of ASCAS
Newsletter I hope you have
appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and
advice will be of great help.
to Wulich Bronia, Jayne Dye,
Sebastiano Gardoni, Christophe
Ginter, Journe Y., Janjaap Luijt,
Robert Massart, Dominique Mayeux,
Lloyd Prator, Marcos Sartirana,
Karin Sixl-Daniell, Svein
Solhjell and JoAnne Wilkinson
for their invaluable
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