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Joanna Paprocka-Gajek and David N. Nikogosyan present:
Warsaw Silver Plate Companies: II. Norblin / NBW
Continuing our presentation of Warsaw silver plate industries, started with the description of Fraget firm activity, we will turn now to its all-time rival, the Norblin
company. Later, with the development of this foundry, its name was changed for Norblin,
Bros. Buch & T. Werner, shortly, N.B.W. The founder of this enterprise, Vincent Norblin (1805-1872) was born in Paris. His life story reads like a cheap fiction. At the age of
fourteen, Vincent appeared in Warsaw, where his father, Alexandre Jean Constantin Norblin (1777-1828) together with Vincent's uncles was running a small bronze foundry (founded in
1819). After the apprenticeship at his father's factory and studies abroad together with traditional wandering, in 1822 Vincent found work in the first Warsaw silver plate company
managed by the French jeweller Jean Cerisy....
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David N. Nikogosyan and Joanna Paprocka-Gajek present:
Marks used by Norblin / Bros. Buch / N.B.W. companies on silver-plated hollow ware
Before listing of Norblin/Bros. Buch/N.B.W. marks, it should be reminded that in Russia before 1850s, all silver-plated objects were
produced by soldering of a thin sheet of silver to a red-heated copper plate with subsequent rolling (so-called, rolled silver technique). Such a copper base with a fused silver
layer was called "SILVER PLATE" or simply "PLATE" ("PLAQUÉ" in French, "PLATER" in Polish). In 1850s, the revolutionary method of silver
deposition on the surface of a base metal using the electrolysis process under high voltage was implemented. The great advantage of "galvanic" approach was the possibility
of deposition of a very thin silver layer, which led to economic consumption of precious metal and significant decrease in price for the final product. Towards the end of the XIXth
century the galvanic method of silver deposition practically replaced the old rolled-silver technique. Nevertheless, until now in Polish and English literature the confusion remains,
the Polish term "PLATER" and the English term "PLATE" refer simultaneously to both, old (rolled) and new (galvanic) silver deposition techniques......
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E. Endre writes:
... This sugar bowl is marked Martin. I'd wish to know more about this French maker
The maker is Marie Martin, veuve (widow) née (born) Rache, Rue Halévy, Paris, from 1886
Courtney Klugel writes:
... I'd wish to know what is this item and its use.
Deana Parr writes:
... Today I visited your site to see if I could determine the marks on a piece donated to us.
I have included pictures of the marks and of the item itself, I believe it to be condiment
container, and by the markings I think it was an item manufactured for the Grand Trunk
Pacific Railway here in Western Canada. From what I can find GTP was started in the
early 1900s and was sold in the early 1920s.
So, after running on for so long, I was wondering whether or not you could confirm some
of this with the marks ( I also see that the mark under the flag could be the Hebrew symbol "Vet").
I use your site frequently and find it to be an enormous help.
Thanks so much for all you do to lend a helping hand,
Thrift Store Coordinator
Salvation Army Nanaimo Ministries
Information about Walker & Hall date letters are available in my site at http://www.silvercollection.it/ENGLAWALKER&HALLDATE.html
The image of the mark isn't well readable. Anyway if the letter is "vet" the exact date is 1909.
"A PAGE per MONTH"
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
This month ASCAS presents an ancient advertising label:
KALLMEYER & HARJES
Gothaer Metallwarenfabrik "Kallmeyer & Harjes", Gotha (Germany) was founded in 1887 by Philipp Harjes (1860-1933) and Hermann Kallmeyer.
After Kallmeyer's death (1897) Philipp Harjes became unique owner of the firm in 1899.
ADVERTISEMENTS IN SILVER - SILVER ADVERTISING
section of www.silvercollection.it website
"A WORD per MONTH"
In this column we
present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver
THE ILLUSTRATED DIRECTORY OF UK FAMILY CRESTS
The crest is one component of a coat-of-arms, which can be used as a simplified symbol on engraved silverware.
Objects frequently borne as crests include animals, mythological creatures, human figures, hands or arms holding weapons, birds.
In this page is illustrated a selection of crests belonging to English, Irish and Scottish families ordered according to the main subject that characterizes this part of the coat of arms.
"A SILVERSMITH per MONTH"
CHARLES MAAS & CO
Charles Leopold Maas was active in London from 1883 at 13 Jewin Crescent, EC as manufacturer and importer of smokers' pipes of various types, including "recherché" and
The firm entered various silver hallmarks as pipes were often silver-mounted as were manufactured in precious metal many smokers' accessories and walking sticks.
In 1890 (London) and 1910 (Chester) Charles Maas entered a conjoined hallmark with Marcus Maas (manager).
In 1910 the firm removed to 1A Aldermanbury Avenue.
Interesting to note that from 1891 the firm used a hallmark "CM surmounted by a crown" to characterize its "Unsurpassed quality Corona Mounts"....
"A CREST per MONTH"
PRINCESS ABBESS MARIA WILLIBURG FREY
This coat of arms belongs to Pricess Abbess Maria Williburg Frey, Abbess of Rottenmünster 1687-1725.
The coat of arms was found on a beaker by Augsburg Silversmith Johannes Zeckel 1695-1700. It is also engraved with the letters MW AZR which stand for Maria Williburg Abtisin
Zu Rottenmünster ie. Maria Williburg Abbess at Rottenmünster.
It is interesting to note that the "bend sinister gules" should be represented by vertically
engraved lines, but as is often the case the engraver just did a decorative fill.
Closing our APRIL 2016 edition of ASCAS Newsletter I hope
you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.
My thanks to E. Endre, Courtney Klugel, Luigi Masciullo, Maurice Meslans, David N. Nikogosyan, Paprocka-Gajek Joanna and Deana Parr for their precious contributions.
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