Joanne and Emmett Eldred
Our Adventure with Sherlock Holmes
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
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.....
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
Members' Window # 99
Dr. David N. Nikogosyan
Marks of European Silver Plate: XII. Fraget, Russia/Poland
Three years ago I published a Member's Window in ASCAS
newsletter devoted to the Warsaw silver plate factories
Fraget and Norblin . 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
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
Thank You for your help,
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
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
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
... 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).
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 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
"A WORD per MONTH"
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
"A SILVERSMITH per MONTH"
CHARLES BOYTON & SON LTD
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
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.....
"A BOOK ON MY SHELF"
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
(click to enlarge images)
In the "book on my shelf" of this month ASCAS presents:
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 http://www.britishsilverplatemarks.com
"A CREST per MONTH"
In this column we present images and
descriptions of Crests and Mottoes of British, Irish and
Scottish families as engraved on silver items.
A Scottish family.
The crest is described as "a thistle, leaved and
The Latin motto is Dulcius ex asperis (Sweeter
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).
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.
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