ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver newsletter # 95 April 2012     SITE MAP
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Jeffrey Herman using pulse arc welder on a sterling match safe
Jeffrey Herman presents:

A Gorham sterling match safe restored using pulse arc welder English version

As any silversmith knows, silver solder is the ideal material to use when joining sterling pieces by the traditional method of brazing. Sometimes I will receive an object which has been lead-soldered in the area in need of repair (or re-repair).
Sometimes the joined area is not visually accessible, and I don't know if lead has been used.
In either case, I cannot use silver solder because the high temperature required will melt any lead in the joint and allow it to form its own alloy with the silver. Not pretty!....
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Welcome to new ASCAS members:

Jesse Daniels - USA
Danielle Fourny - France
Sarah George - England UK
Dimitris Giannoglou - Greece
Leigh Greer - USA
Andrew Jacques - Canada
Susan McTigue - USA
John Potts - England UK
David A. Roberson - USA
Joseph Scerri - Malta
Joan Sticha - USA
Michael Wink - Germany
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silver cufflinks, London 1994: original on the right, reproduction on the left
Alan Yates presents:

Silver hallmarks: reproducing English and misunderstanding Italians English version

While on holiday in England a number of years ago I bought a lovely pair of modern cufflinks the sole decoration of which was the hallmarks.
However, I lost one so I asked a goldsmith friend if he could recommend anyone who could copy the remaining one for me.
He took away the survivor and returned a few weeks later with a new pair......
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Robin Holmes writes:
...Could you assist in identifying the marks shown on the fork and spoon of this christening set?
In South Africa, everything was really British, and all reference books etc. are of such, with a little from the US and Canada so I really struggle to identify many marks, even with the aid of some sites now on the web.
Best regards,
Robin Holmes

Julie writes:
... I have silver castor which is very similar to that in your site.
I would love to know more about it.
Thank you for your time and look forward to hearing from you.
Your caster was made by The Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company, London 1919. Information about this firm are available in my website at
Information about casters are available in ASCAS website at
Giorgio Busetto

Charles Deheselle writes:
... I hope you can help me about a set of French cutlery.
I'd wish to identify the maker and, possibly, the family owner of the coat-of-arms.
I wonder also about the meaning of the inscription DEPOSE on the handle.
Thanks in advance
Charles Deheselle
The maker is Henri Chenailler, Manufacturer silversmith. Sponsor's mark: radiating sun over HC over a 5 pointed star.
In our web site at you can read an article written by Robert Massart about the firm Paul Canaux and successors.
This article was recently updated by the author adding new interesting information about the chronology of the firm.
I believe that DEPOSE refers to a PATENT obtained (or requested) for this flatware model.
I trust in the help of ASCAS members for a more complete and qualified answer to your questions.
Giorgio Busetto

Maurizio writes:
... I have silver holy water font of which I ignore origin and age.
Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated

Siddarth Lall writes:
... I'd wish to identify the maker of this bottle holder.
Many thanks
Siddarth Lall
The mark is badly rubbed. Anyway I believe this is the mark "JD over WD into a shield" belonging to John and William Deakin of James Deakin & Sons. Information about this firm and its marks are available in my website at
Giorgio Busetto

Francis Miot writes:
...I greatly appreciate your site, but I'm unable to find information about the mark found in a pair of gold (I believe) spectacles.
The mark is a three arms candlestick between an S and, possibly, an L.
Thanks for your time.
Francis Miot
Possibly the mark belongs to Société des Lunetiers (see my website at
Giorgio Busetto

Replies to questions

Naveen Bhatt receives this answer about his hand mirror
(see February 2012 Newsletter)
Emil Fonfoneata writes:
... In the February 2012 newsletter there was a question about a hand mirror.
That is a typical 19th Century Ottoman hand mirror, Turkey, probably period of Abdulhamid II (tugra mark - 1876-1909)
Emil Fonfoneata


In this column we present 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
a 1906 advertisement of SILICON Electro Silver Polish
This month ASCAS presents a 1906 advertisement of:


manufactured by "SILICON" 30 Cliff Street, New York

...Its cardinal merit, great brilliancy without abrasion, has made it famous around the world.
At grocers and druggists. Box postpaid 15 cts. (stamps).
Trial quality for the asking.
Electro-Silicon silver soap for washing and polishing Gold and Silver has equal merits. 15 cents.


In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
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egg-cup frame with four egg-cups and spoons


The egg boiler (or egg coddler) is a vessel used to boil or coddler one or more eggs.
It has a cylindrical or oval shape with a dome.
The receptacle contains a frame or wire rings holding the eggs while being cooked.
The central handle with a loop allows to lift the device from the water.
They are usually accompanied by a stand holding a spirit lamp..... more


In this column we present marks, information and history of silversmiths and silver manufacturers.
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Daniel & Arter, silverplate mark


The firm was established in Birmingham in the late 19th century (the first known sterling silver hallmark was entered in Birmingham Assay Office in 1882).
The founders were Thomas Henry Daniel (died 1897) and Thomas Richard Arter (died c. 1915) and was active at Globe Nevada Silver Works, Highgate Street, Birmingham as makers of brass, nickel-silver and electro-plated spoons, forks, ladles, etc. (1892).
The firm had also a London showroom at 62 Holborn Viaduct (until 1896) and later at 98 Hatton Garden....... more



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
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In the "book on my shelf" of this month Karin Sixl-Daniell presents:
a book per month: Hungary's Heritage, Princely Treasures from The Esterhazy Collection


Princely Treasures from The
Esterhazy Collection
from the Museum of Applied Arts and the
Hungarian National Museum, Budapest
Edited by Andras Szilagyi
Paul Holberton Publishing. London 2004
This book presents magnificent artifacts collected by an aristocratic family of fabulous wealth. It shows goldsmiths' work and jewelry of extraordinary quality, dating from the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries. These include some of the finest creations of their time by artists such as Hans Petzolt of Nuremberg and Augsburg's Drentwett family, as well as other renowned German and Hungarian goldsmiths of the Mannerist and Baroque era. There are also objects from the nineteenth century illustrating the career of the international diplomat Pál Esterhazy. The book explains the more important phases in the evolution and growth of this outstanding collection. The Esterhazy treasures, as well as the Esterhazy family themselves, have an extraordinary history, including tragic losses and damage through bombing in 1945. Since then, many of the damaged pieces have been brought back to life after years of meticulous restoration. Many pieces in the Esterhazy collection and the Esterhazys themselves are inextricably linked at numerous points to many important developments in the political and diplomatic history of Europe. No other book in English documents this unique collection.

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Closing our April 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 Charles Deheselle, Emil Fonfoneata, Jeffrey Herman, Siddarth Lall, Robin Holmes, Francis Miot, Karin Sixl-Daniell, Alan Yates for their invaluable contributions.

Giorgio Busetto
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