newsletter # 32 - December 2006
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Giovanni Ciceri presents:
Giorgio Busetto presents:
A forgotten object: the silver warmer
Un oggetto di cui si è dimenticato l'uso: lo scaldino d'argento
When central heating was not available, besides stove and fireplace, another heating item was used in ancient times: the warmer (or brazier).
It was a container in metal, terracotta or ceramic filled with embers and warm ash used as personal heating support and bed warming.
The female custom to hold the warmer next to the body or under the garment is the origin of the popular Dutch belief that women could be made pregnant simply by holding the warmer on their womb.....
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Welcome to new ASCAS members:
Attilio Porsia and Giorgio
A collection of silver and crystal cruet stands
Una collezione di oliere in argento e cristallo tra '700 e '800
The Italian, French and "Continental" tradition refers to "cruet stand" as the oil and vinegar container, sometimes with salt and pepper shakers, rarely accompanied by spice, mustard or other condiment casters, bottles and jars.....
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An appeal by Karin Sixl-Daniell:Has any ASCAS member seen an example of a cutlery set made by the firm of Hermann Ratzersdorfer of Vienna? A publication just mentioning one would be of assistance also
Jayne Dye writes:
This spoon is 6 in. long with a circular bowl 1 & 11/16ths in. diameter. The handle is attached as a rattail at a 45 degree angle. There are no worn areas. Members of another silver forum commented that it appeared to be a 'premium' or 'commercial product'. Premiums would be packaged inside a box of cereal or another product. The company expected buyers to choose their brand because of the 'prize' or premium included. My memory of these type products is that each week the enclosed premium would be another piece so that the buyers had to continue buying the product each week to complete their sets. Sometimes box tops were collected and mailed in for the premium. I am unable to think of anything this spoon would make a part of. Several persons said they have seen these frequently in silverplate spoon lots. No one has come up with a maker. It serves very nicely as a cranberry sauce spoon . I wish to know more. My guess would be American.
Does an ASCAS member have any suggestion?
Mario Nuvolari writes:
recently bought a silver "tastevin" (wine taster) ; it is supposed to be French (XVIII century?) and it bears these marks (see photos).
Can anyone help me to identify them?
Alessandro Colemann writes:
I have a pair of pieces that I'd wish to know more about:
a serving set with French hallmark and a four-leaf clover and E:MOLLE into a lozenge.
Renée Watkins writes:
I have recently purchased 4 Sterling serving spoons. They are stamped with the marks attached. I have not been able to identify the marks and would very much appreciate your help.
Mike Dawson writes:
... I stumbled across your site looking for a way to identify a pitcher that has been in my family for over 150 years. I'm not looking for a price, just an id. I can't find any marks on it that would help someone like me (clueless). I'm doing a research paper on it and having some information on how and where it was produced would greatly help me.
Hamid Ghanbarezade writes:
... I send you some photos of my teapot marked SB&M.
I hope you may help me identifying the maker. I think it isn't silver but silverplate, but I'd wish to know something more about its history.
In Iran antique is very much, and silver and silver plate of Russian origin is available. I'd need information about "norblin" -- "Galw"-- "warsowa" marks
Thank you in advance
Ginny Riley writes:
... I am trying to identify a Austrian silversmith who worked after 1922 for a friend. So unfortunately the CD-Rom on 'Viennese gold- and silversmiths from 1781 and 1921 would not help in this task.
I have attached a photo of the hallmark.
The first mark is one used in Austria since 1922.
The "" stands for the city of Vienna.
That's a toucan head in the center.
The "4" on the right stands for a silver purity of .750.
However the middle hallmark appears to be 800 with a period at the top.
I do not know if this signifies 800 silver or is another mark?
And the last mark is JxH.
If you have any information on this maker, I would be very grateful.
Jaquie Mallory of the Soo Line Historical Museum wrote on
... I have a burning question for you.... My board of directors is worried about the constant polishing of our collection. We use Silvo silver polish, and they are worried with the polishing all of the time that we will be getting down to the copper below, on some of the artifacts. Are you aware of a product that helps keep the shine longer? We have a number of airtight cabinets - that can go 3 years or so without cleaning. However we have pieces that sit out that need constant cleaning.
I have 2 elderly volunteers who just slather on the Silvo, and like to polish alot! So I was just curious if you had any information ....
Thank You !!
Jaquie receives these replies to her appeal:
Ian Cook writes:
receives this reply about his item
( see November Newsletter)
Fred, your silver piece looks like a butter or
caviar dish. The rolltop is quite common in caviar
dishes, and it would have a glass dish inside it, with
ice underneath the silver lining. The mark is not so
clear, but it doesn't look like a reproduction to me. I
can't make out the mark. Beresford?
Carole McKillop-Mash receives this reply about her "Chinese" bowl: ( see November Newsletter)
The Chinese marks are possibly the marks of 'Chewshing'
and the Chinese marks possibly Jui Chi. The Dutch small
coffee spoons copies with pseudo Dutch marks of which
there are over 615 fake or pseudo marks that I have
found and they were probably made sometime after 1890.
Beware of these fake marks as at a quick glance,
sometime they are quite similar to original marks
especially on apostle spoons.
Michael Blake writes about the mysterious hallmarks of his coffee pot on #26 June 2006 Newsletter: ( see June Newsletter)
...Just a note to let you know that my infamous Coffee/Chocolate pot (see
June/July Newsletters) has been assessed by the London
Assay Office and found to be a duty dodger.
month ASCAS presents the images of items from
the 1972 catalogue of Fabbrica Argenteria
Vicentina - Vicenza (Italy), mark "230 VI" into
The five coffee pots named "caffettiera rustica" are the typical "cogoma" shape of ancient Venetian tradition.
SILVER "OVERLAY" GLASSSilver has been used to decorate bronze, copper, and earthenware for ages. Silver on glass, however, started to come into its own a little over a century ago.
In 1889 Oscar Pierre Erard of Birmingham, England, developed an effective method of electroplating silver on glass and porcelain. Although beautiful on the outside, it shared an important shortcoming with its predecessors. The reverse side of the silver design, the side next to the glass would tarnish and turn dark.....
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