Debbie Cracovia writes:
.. I have another one for you. What is this? I picked it up
in a lot of other sterling items and I have no idea what it is
or where it is from. Hoping you can help.
Again I have to say I love being a member of this site. I find
the articles informative and really enjoy everything about it.
Adrian Fitch writes:
.. See the attached JPG, can you tell me anything about this
Lee Bowden writes:
.. I have a Russian silver piece that I would like to learn
more about. It appears to me the hallmark is 'PG' in cyrillic. I
would appreciate if you could tell me more or where to look to
find information about this locket, or silversmith.
I can't read Russian so even a translation of the back would be
I have thought about selling this locket, but I really like it
and would like to know more first.
Thank you for your time.
This piece was made by Grigoriì Pankratbev, St.
I don't know Russian language, but I trust in member's help for
translation of Russian inscription.
Nikica Vuletic writes:
.. By using all Internet available resources (including ASCAS)
I was not able to date one Gorham sterling plate that bears IYQ
code. This is in accordance with the fact that production for
special customers (in this case Grogan retailer) bears two or
three letter codes (ZZ or ZZZ). But there is no table to
determine exact period.
Can you help me with this?
Joseph Bozzino writes:
.. I would appreciate any comments on the item illustrated.
It was obtained in Spain and has been repaired. The mast is 22cm
in height, the overall length is 27cm and the width is 10cm.
There is a single mark, consisting of DK with 13 above it. There
are two holes on the deck, with wear marks suggesting two
Renee' Bradley writes:
.. Could you please help me identify these marks?
Ian Cook writes:
.. I acquired the attached piece and am hoping that you may
be able to help me with a question. The piece is marked NICKEL
SILVER, am I to assume that it is solid nickel silver and not
plated. I have no idea of the maker, none of my documentation
lists this company.
I really hope you can help.
I remain hopeful.
Best regards from England,
Pierre Debailly writes:
.. this is the photo of an Italian water pitcher. I'd like to
know the age of this piece and the name of the maker.
The mark is a seated lion over an 'F' (Florence) and the maker's
mark is PB or PH.
The 'lion' mark was in use in Florence, Granducato di
Toscana from 1832 to 1872, but the maker PB or PH isn't cited in
my reference books. I hope that ASCAS members may have the answer to your
Fredric Sinfield writes:
.. Here is a little mystery about this piece that maybe of
It is an oval vinaigrette that weighs 30grams. The piercing of
the hinged grill is quite different to that seen on English
vinagrettes as it was probably made within the Austro-Hungarian
Empire in second half of the 19th century.
There are no assay marks but in the centre of the base are the
punched initials 'BYL L', what these represent is unknown but
appear to be unrelated to the other initials on the underside of
Does any member recognize the punched initials?
Katherine O'Regan writes:
.. I was wondering if you could help me please. I have what I
think is a Victorian Coffee service - hot water jug, coffee pot
and milk jug - which was brought to New Zealand by my
grandmother from England in 1912. It is in rather a poor state
as it has had the silver cleaned off it. (Not by me I might add)
So much so it is quite a dark grey. It has been finely worked
and it has some dents which may have occurred in transit from
the UK. It has acorns for handles on the lids.
On the bottom it has 'G D Walker Silversmith England, Electro
I would like to know more about it and if it was possible to get
From what I can gather there is only one restorer of antique
silver in NZ and I haven't talked to them about this at all so
it is only an assumption on my part.
Mike Jones writes:
.. Hi, I bought this spoon apparently Danish. It weighs 36
grams and is 19 cm long.
It looks like the bowl has been repaired. Could you help me to
Cathy Scott writes:
...I have attached some photos of a tiny set of spoons (5 in.
or 13 cm), a fork (5 in. or 13 cm.), and a pair of tongs (4 1/4
in. or 11 cm.) which I purchased at a local estate auction. I
have looked over each piece with a jeweller's loop but have been
unable to find a maker's mark. I'm not even sure they are silver
but thought perhaps some of the readers of the ASCAS newsletter
may be able to help.
The spoons and fork have a small disk attached to the handle end
by 2 chain links.
I have been trying to identify what the script says/means and
what language it may be.
I would be very grateful if you would do so in the next
Roland Swälas writes:
...I have a Nautilus cup, made of silver and partly gilded
and have some questions about this. I have been told, from a
silver expert, that this was made in the end of the nineteenth
century, by Neresheimer in Hanau.
Have also read Dorothea Burstyn´s articles about the
silversmith´s of Hanau. However, I am still not convinced. Or
maybe, I wish, it was an original. There were many of such
prestige pieces brought to Sweden under the wars in the fifteens
I was told that, they have used originals when moulding the
replicas, and with this process the hallmarking and other stamps
were visible on the copy and were grinded away. I was also told
that every part of the original was hallmarked before putting
There are no Hallmarks and no stamps, except, in very small
numbers: 9/19, in a hidden place, which I have found with very
careful examination. Obviously, this is number nine of nineteen
made. Where are the others?
It is hard to believe, that this is a copy, when it is so
extremely well made and why did they not do any hallmarking? I
think one must have been proud of his work, after knowing how to
make such a great thing and it is no doubt, made of silver.
Linda Rapczynksi writes:
... Would you be able to identify the following spoons?
Thanks so much for your help.
The mark on the left I believe to belong to Russian
silversmith Nikolaì Gurianov, 1868-1883.
The mark on the right is hard to read (possibly STERLING JWD?).
Bryan Crenshaw writes:
... I would greatly appreciate any information or help in
identifying this object that I have been told is silver. I have
attached some photos of the piece and its marking. Any help at
all would be appreciated.
Thank you for your time and consideration
Paulina Wojdak writes:
... I have a question concerning a miniature silver samovar
with cloisonné decoration. It may have been a souvenir piece.
The fineness is ‘84’ for 875/1000 zol..
The zolotnik was also used in Poland but the samovar subject
suggests Russian origin. There are no other markings. It stands
10 cm high and is 7 cm across at the handles. The top opens to a
hollow space not connected to the spout.
My questions are: country of origin, city if possible, use, and
approximate date for the piece.
Other information would be most welcome also.
Thank you in advance for any comments offered