ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver newsletter # 99 August 2012 SITE MAP
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Crest on the left side of teapot
Joanne and Emmett Eldred present:

Our Adventure with Sherlock Holmes English version

Last year we were able to purchase a George III teapot & matching stand, which was made by Henry Chawner in 1791. After receiving it we became intrigued to learn more about the piece and especially the unusual family crest which was engraved in the cartouches on both sides of the teapot and also on the stand.
As noted in one of our previous articles (see at, we have a set of criteria by which we judge each of our purchases, and one of our first checks is to confirm that the teapot & stand are an original pair. A quick look at the hallmarks confirmed that both the teapot & stand were made by Henry Chawner in 1791.....
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New members

Welcome to new ASCAS members:

Carol Ann Cox - USA
Carol Dobson - USA
Peter Ekstein - France
Deborah Lindley - USA
Jozef Mac - Czech Republic
Debra Miller - USA
Luigi Rizzica - England UK
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Fraget mark c.1840 - c.1851
Dr. David N. Nikogosyan presents:

Marks of European Silver Plate: XII. Fraget, Russia/Poland English version

Three years ago I published a Member's Window in ASCAS newsletter devoted to the Warsaw silver plate factories Fraget and Norblin [1]. This study was unexpectedly well appreciated by the readers; I got more than fifty letters. Most of them were not from Polish or Russian audience, they came from the people, whose grandparents or great grandparents at the beginning of XXth century left the Russian Empire in the hope of finding a better life on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. As a memory of their previous life, these immigrants often took with them a small inexpensive silver-plated piece, something like a tea-glass holder, a pair of candlesticks or sugar tongs. Now their grandchildren or great grandchildren write to me to know more about these memorabilia, where they were coming from and when they were produced.......
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Lesley Bannatyne writes:
...I have a hollow silver piece with the following marking on the underside:
Bennet Fink & co.
85&90 ALSO 107&108
There are also tongs and spoon but the implements do not have the same stamp, in fact they may be independent of the hollow piece and even from each other. The tongs have a small mark.
I'm sure your readers will know more than I do, since it's a mystery to me. The closest I can find is a "spoon warmer" but none on the web look like this one. Do you know of anyone who can tell me what it is used for?
Lesley Bannatyne

Linda Palmer writes:
... I would really appreciate any help that you or your members could give me.
I purchased a cake knife/saw which is engraved with AKG to EMJ October 18th 1854.
The Makers Mark is TS. The hallmarks look somewhat like a W, an anchor, and a Fleur De Lys.
I am including pictures of the knife and the marks in the hope that someone will be able to shed some light on the maker and where it was made, and if it is Sterling or Plate Silver.
I have been doing a lot of research, but so far have come up empty.
Thank You for your help,
Linda Palmer
The knife is plated metal, not sterling silver. The maker is Thomas Sansom, active from 1808 at Norfolk Street, Sheffield (UK) as cutler and manufacturer of Old Sheffield Plate
Giorgio Busetto

Replies to questions

Leslie Koelsch receives this answer about her silver toothpick holder
(see July 2012 Newsletter)
Oskar M. Zurell writes:
... I made some deep research to the 'Portuguese' question of Leslie Koelsch. Here follow my result:
The toothpick-holder isn't from Portugal - he has one of the Pseudo-Assay-marks for 'Porto'; but being used in Brazil during the last quarter of the 19th century. The maker "IDG" is actually unknown.
There exist a similar question - look to:
In that case with a 'crowned L', even so being used in Brazil as one of the Pseudo-Assay-marks for 'Lisbon', during the last quarter of the 19th century.
That maker "TAP" is even so actually unknown.
Oskar M. Zurell

John Strynkowski receives this answer about his gilt centerpiece
(see July 2012 Newsletter)
Postnikov writes:
... The maker's mark belongs to Theodor Heiden (Father), Munich, Court jeweler of the Bavarian Kings. I enclose the marks of his son, also a famous smith in Munich. Some photos of similar objects - very nice and very sought after.
Jörg Müller-Daehn through Oskar Zurell writes:
... Attached you would find two images of a lovely little sugar bowl in the typical style of the Munich Baroque Revival; dimensions: 10 by 15 cm (4 by 6 inches). It seems that this object should be dated around 1910 to 1920.
Interesting is here the better visible struck word-mark of 'Th.Heiden' in a 'Fracture' letter-type; still continued since the German "Gründerzeit" (from around 1870 on, or earlier).
So the shown Flower- or Fruit-bowl seems to be a product of Theodor Heiden, from Munich. As usual in the trade, it could be of course even so a self signed but forwarded object of another producer. The time span of origin of this object could be around 1890 (Since 1 January 1888 were these German fineness marks obligatory).
Kind regards,
Jörg Müller-Daehn


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
a 1927 advertisement of International Silver Company
This month ASCAS presents 25-cent 1958 U.S. postage stamp in the Liberty Series honoring Paul Revere, featuring the portrait by Gilbert Stuart


Paul Revere (December 21, 1734 – May 10, 1818) was an American silversmith and a patriot in the American Revolution. He is most famous for alerting Colonial militia of approaching British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, as dramatized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, "Paul Revere's Ride".
Revere's original silverware, engravings, and other works are highly regarded and researched by collectors


In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
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Chinese pagoda silver epergne, London 1764


The epergne is a centerpiece introduced from France to England c. 1715. Its frame could be dressed with selected component parts depending on the meal or the course being served.
The examples, manufactured by Lamerie, Crespin and others had an elaborate sculptural base surrounded by cruet and casters.
From c. 1740 epergnes assumed the form of a central basket on a low stand, flanked by four smaller dishes or baskets rising from branches above scroll feet. The central basket was for fruits while the smaller containers were intended for sweetmeats and pickles.
In the 1760s the number of dishes and baskets grew (until twelve), the frame became higher and the components lighter..... 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
Factory and workshops of Charles Boyton & Son in an early '900 postcard


The activity was founded by Charles Boyton who was apprenticed in 1807 to William Seaman, Hull's Street, St. Luke's. He registered his first hallmark in London Assay Office in 1825 (free in 1827).
The workshop was active at 12 Europia Place, moving in 1830 to Wellington Street, St. Luke's. Further marks were entered in 1830, 1833, 1834 and 1838.
From c.1849 the firm operated at Northampton Square, Clerkenwell (c. 1849-1904) under the management of Charles Boyton II (son of the founder, died 1899) and Charles Holman Boyton (grandson, died 1904).
In 1894 the business changed its title to Charles Boyton & Son and in 1919 to Charles Boyton & Son Ltd.....



In 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 bookcase.
ASCAS members are invited to contribute to this column
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In the "book on my shelf" of this month ASCAS presents:
a book per month: Maker's Marks on British Silver Plate by Christian M. Baur a book per month: Maker's Marks on British Silver Plate by Christian M. Baur


by Christian M. Baur
ARS-Verlag - Munich
Parkstraße 1 80339 München (Germany)
This Encyclopaedia provides information on over two centuries of British silver plating industry, including the Old Sheffied Plate period and the Electro plate era.

Further information, contact and sample pages at


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


The Fergusson family crest

A Scottish family.
The crest is described as "a thistle, leaved and flowered".
The Latin motto is Dulcius ex asperis (Sweeter after difficulties).
The crest was found on a silver milk jug London, 1863, by Thomas Smily (this mark and other similar were entered in 1858, 1863, 1868 and 1870).

London 1863 hallmark, Thomas Smily

silver milk jug, London 1863 hallmark, Thomas Smily

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Closing our August 2012 edition of ASCAS Newsletter I hope you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.

My thanks to Lesley Bannatyne, Joanne and Emmett Eldred, Dr. David N. Nikogosyan, Linda Palmer, Postnikov and Oskar M. Zurell for their invaluable contributions.

Giorgio Busetto
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