ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silvernewsletter # 131 April 2015 SITE MAP

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Frédéric I Nesme: mark

Robert Massart presents:

Nesme: a dynasty of French Silversmiths English version

La Dynastie des Orfèvres Nesme de Lyon page en francais

During the pre-revolutionary period France obtained superiority in the art of silversmithing. Although cities such as Strasbourg, Bordeaux and Marseille had remarkable workshops, the brilliant creations of the silversmiths in Lyon resulted in a greater importance of this city. The religious goldsmithing was a significant part of the production in Lyon and even managed to compete with Paris.
About 1300 silversmiths practiced at Lyon till the revolution and 1227 silversmiths and jewellers were identified between 1798 and 1940.

During the XIVth and the XVth century the business activity at Lyon opened to the world, and attracted foreign silversmiths, who took advantage of the liberal regime, which at that time was not available anywhere else.

During the XVIth century Lyon obtained a growing reputation for his silversmithing and jewellery. At that moment the number of silversmiths raised to 524. The workforce declined considerably during the XVIIth century, as Paris became more important due to the passion of the "Sun-King" Louis XIV for golden and silver objects and the important orders the King and his Court gave to the Parisian silversmiths.

In 1668 the state, impoverished by the wars, imposed to the King to melt down all silver objects, in order to fill the Treasury again. This resulted obviously in a decrease of orders and subsequently a reduction of the number of silversmiths.......
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New members

Welcome to new ASCAS members:

Justin Blanchard - USA
Jean-Yves Gamet - France
Vladimir Jekic - Serbia
Gerardo Lupo - Italy
Julia Marie Weintritt-Pastore and Frank Pastore - USA
Ian and Myfanwy Spellerberg
Carole Thomas - USA

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Kathy Tourney writes:
...I purchased this oval 18 inch silver divided bowl with applied feet. This is the only maker's mark on the piece.
Is there any chance it could be sterling?
Do you have any way of telling the age and origin?
The mark is only about 3/8 of an inch the longest direction.
Thank you.
Kathy Tourney

Your bowl is silverplate made by W & G Sissons, see my website at
Giorgio Busetto

Jolyon Warwick James writes:
...A little fiddle pattern mustard spoon has been in my possession for years and bears these marks. I wondered if anyone could identify
Jolyon Warwick James

Amanda Dawson writes:
...I was wondering if you could help me determine where this serving set originated from.
My great grandmother was given this as a gift between 1956 and 1958 from a friend who was visiting England.
Any information you can provide will be helpful!
Thank you,
Amanda Dawson

The maker is George Butler & Co, see my website at
Giorgio Busetto

Karyn Lobb writes:
...I am hoping that you can help me with some spoons I inherited from my Mom and Dad.
My Dad sent these to my Mother while he was serving in WWII.
Thank You,
Karyn Lobb

The date is Birmingham 1938, the maker is William Suckling Ltd, see my website at
Giorgio Busetto

Carole Thomas writes:
...I'm researching information about a massive silver belt, 6 inches wide, 72 ounces and 42 inches long in two pieces hooked from the back with what looks like an old Portuguese coin.
In addition to its origin I have another question.... what if anything was it made for?
I tried marriage belts, wrestling belts, sporting belts, royalty belts, commemorative belts etc and could find nothing like it in size or looks with the lions and serpents. Who would wear this and why? We have about 6 pounds of silver and that would put a nice dent in your waist as it is also 6 inches wide.
I presume it was custom made for someone and quite possibly I will never find another one. Perhaps a member would know something.
Any information will be appreciated.
Carole Thomas

This is the information found about the mark: it's Spanish, town of Cordoba, 2nd half of 19th century (1883), maker A. Merino, assayer Larriva
Giorgio Busetto

Christophe Ginter writes:
... please advise about these marks on a nice silver item with Italian marks (and the French "charançon" punch for import, as from 1893).
Thank You in advance and best regards.
Christophe Ginter

Unusual marks.... possibly Italians ... possibly Venetian ....
Giorgio Busetto

Replies to questions

After nine years Jayne Dye receives the answer to her question published in 2006
(see December 2006 Newsletter)

Cheryl Winkley writes
While researching something else, happened on a rather old post from the December 2006 newsletter regarding a modern spoon marked "SSS" - if not already answered, can provide the maker and a bit more.
The mark belonged to "Studio Silversmiths", distributed by Sun Glo Studios of New York City - the Swedish-inspired beaded pattern, named "'Ingrid", was designed by Royal Hickman and originally produced, starting in 1946, by Three Crowns Silversmiths in Pottstown, PA, they were also distributed by Sun Glo Studios at that time, and the "Studio Silversmiths" name probably came into use when Three Crowns Industries went out of business in the early '60s.
Cheryl Winkley

Riccardo Bonardi receives these information about his snuff box
(see March 2015 Newsletter)

Janjaap Luijt writes:
The mastersmark on the snuff box of Riccardo Bonardi is that of widow H.J. van Halteren (named Teuntje Streef), who lived in Schoonhoven (the Netherlands) and used this mark from 1863 until 1895.
Best regards,
Janjaap Luijt

Peter van Oel writes:
The maker's mark reads WH 33 for: Widow H.J. van Halteren, maiden name; Teuntje Streef, registered in the city of Schoonhoven from 1863-1895. Her shop made snuff boxes, pill boxes and book locks and jewellery. In 1867 she hired a merchant traveller G. de Vos. She exported brooches and ear studs to the United Kingdom. After her death January 1st 1895 her children took over the shop.
2nd Image sword mark, this sword (used 1814-1905) Standard mark for; small work silver minimum 833 fineness= 83.3% pure silver and used on small work without date letter and office mark and in combination with maker's mark.
Best wishes,
Peter van Oel


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 home page

Homan & Co, 1894 advertisement

This month ASCAS presents an ancient advertisement of:


10 to 18 East 7th St. CINCINNATI

The firm was founded in Cincinnati in 1847 by Henry Homan and Asa F. Flagg as manufacturers of Britannia ware under the name Flagg & Homan.
Homan family managed the business as Homan & Co until 1887, gradually changing from the manufacture of pewter, Britannia metal and German silver to electroplated silverware.
Around 1896 the name of the firm was Homan Silver Plate Company, which was succeeded (between 1904 and 1915) by Homan Manufacturing Company. The firm went out of business in 1941.

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In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
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sterling silver knife rest


Knife rest is a small low utensil for supporting the blade of a knife at the dinner table in a manner that it does not soil the tablecloth.

The most common are composed of a horizontal bar joining the center of two X shaped supports.

Other examples were made in fantasy style assuming the shape of horses, dogs, birds, horns and other animals....




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


Joseph Angell (senior) was apprenticed to Henry Nutting in 1796, obtaining his freedom in 1804. His brother John Angell was apprenticed to William Elliott in 1799 and obtained his freedom in 1807. Another brother (Abraham) was apprenticed to Joseph Angell (1806) but never obtained his freedom.
Joseph Angell senior entered his first mark in 1811, being active as "plate worker" at 55 Compton Street, Clerkenwell.
In 1831 he entered a joint mark with his brother John Angell (mark JA over IA, on 31 January 1831). In c. 1837 Joseph Angell junior (son of Joseph Angell senior) joined to the partnership and the business was continued under the style Angell, Son & Angell.
In 1840 John Angell left the partnership and the business was continued as Joseph Angell & Son by Joseph Angell senior and Joseph Angell junior. The new mark (JA over JA) was entered on 6 July 1840 and in 1842 the business moved to 25 Panton Street, Haymarket.
After the retirement of Joseph Angell senior (1848) the business was continued by his son Joseph junior under his own name, opening new retail premises at 10 Strand, Charing Cross (1849)......

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Closing our APRIL 2015 edition of ASCAS Newsletter I hope you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.

My thanks to Amanda Dawson, Christophe Ginter, Jolyon Warwick James, Karyn Lobb, Janjaap Luijt, Robert Massart, Carole Thomas, Kathy Tourney, Peter van Oel and Cheryl Winkley for their precious contributions.

Giorgio Busetto


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