ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silvernewsletter # 143 April 2016 SITE MAP

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Ludwik Norblin and Teodor Werner

Joanna Paprocka-Gajek and David N. Nikogosyan present:

Warsaw Silver Plate Companies: II. Norblin / NBW English version

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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Welcome to new ASCAS members:

Gary Allen - Northern Ireland UK
Abigail Julie Clifton Westwood - USA
Nik Gribenko - Ukraine
Thomas Kitson - England UK
Joseph C.F. Lufkin - Philippines
Raul & Robert Pilling-Riefkohl - USA
Jean-Francois Rauscher - France

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Norblin mark 1857 - 1864

David N. Nikogosyan and Joanna Paprocka-Gajek present:

Marks used by Norblin / Bros. Buch / N.B.W. companies on silver-plated hollow ware English version

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
Thank you
E. Endre

The maker is Marie Martin, veuve (widow) née (born) Rache, Rue Halévy, Paris, from 1886
Giorgio Busetto

Courtney Klugel writes:
... I'd wish to know what is this item and its use.
Courtney Klugel

Your item is a silverplate tea urn, see further details in my website at
Giorgio Busetto

Luigi Masciullo writes:
... I need your help to identify the maker of this silver chalice.
Any help or suggestion will be greatly appreciated
Luigi Masciullo

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,
Deana Parr
Thrift Store Coordinator Salvation Army Nanaimo Ministries

Information about Walker & Hall date letters are available in my site at
The image of the mark isn't well readable. Anyway if the letter is "vet" the exact date is 1909.
Giorgio Busetto


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
Kallmeyer & Harjes - Gotha ancient advertising label

This month ASCAS presents an ancient advertising label:


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.

Kallmeyer & Harjes - Gotha trade mark



In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
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British 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.


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


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 "meerschaum".
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"....


In this column we usually present images and descriptions of Crests and Mottoes of British, Irish and Scottish families as engraved on silver items.
This month we make an exception and publish a German 'Coat of Arms' supplied by Maurice Meslans


Coat of Arms of Pricess Abbess Maria Williburg Frey, Abbess of Rottenmünster

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. Coat of Arms of Pricess Abbess Maria Williburg Frey, Abbess of Rottenmünster

Coat of Arms of Pricess Abbess Maria Williburg Frey, Abbess of Rottenmünster

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.

Giorgio Busetto


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