ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silvernewsletter # 127 December 2014 SITE MAP
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Teaspoon hallmarks for 1784/5
David McKinley presents:

London Hallmarking on 19th Century Flatware English version

The methods of marking from 1781 onwards require a good deal of close examination to determine what nuances of difference were introduced in the engraving of punches to outwit unscrupulous silversmiths.
As I have stated elsewhere it becomes obvious that marks on teaspoons could be easily "let in" on the foot rims of jugs and other similar items so that it was of some importance that teaspoon marks could be differentiated from other marks of similar size.
Apart from the omission of the leopard's head the main difference between the teaspoon mark and that used on other plate is in the shape of the punch in which the sterling lion is engraved. Whereas on all marks, other than those designed for tea and other small spoons, the lion is in a rectangular box with an ogee base and canted top corners the lion on these smaller spoons between 1781 and 1785 is in a roughly oval outline.....

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Rev.Dr. John Wade Long, Jr, Webmaster of the Pipe Club of London, writes:
...I regularly receive inquiries about antique pipes from around the world, and usually am able to answer them on my own.
This one, however, has me stumped! It's a silver-mounted meerschaum Kalmasch which APPEARS to be Swedish?
1. There is a clear stamp with three-crowns.
2. There is a stand-alone H which may be a date mark, though 1766 seems terribly early for a pipe like this which my guess would date into the early-mid 1800s.
3. There is a maker's mark: E.W.G. The only Swedish maker with those initials is a 20th Century maker, so I'm baffled.
4. There appears to be a silver purity mark of some type that mystifies me! 8.4.???
Any help you can offer would be MOST appreciated.
Thanks & blessings,

Riccardo Bonardi writes:
...I'm unable to identify the maker on a nielloed tobacco box I bought recently.
It bears Austrian 19th century hallmarks.
Any help will be highly appreciated
Riccardo Bonardi

Blair writes:
...I'm unable to decipher this mark. Would you be able to help me?
This is a silverplate mark used by Jonas & George Bowen, Birmingham. See my website at
To understand silverplate marks I suggest also reading my webpage at
Giorgio Busetto

Replies to questions

Riccardo Bonardi receives this answer about his French pill box
(see November 2014 Newsletter)
Robert Massart writes
The maker's mark, Riccardo Bonardi is asking for, belongs to the manufacturer silversmith François Labat, 43 rue de Montmorency, Paris
n. de garantie: B972
n. de préfecture: 11403
Symbol: a shoemaker's piercer (une alène de cordonnier)
Mark entered: January 19, 1897
Mark deleted: January 23, 1920
Robert Massart


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.
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Thomas Heming trade card
This month ASCAS presents a 1907 advertisement of:


The firm was organised as Alvin Mfg Co in Irvington, New Jersey, in 1886.
In 1895 the factory was moved to Sag Harbor, Long Island operating as a branch Joseph Fahys & Co (c.1898-1910).
In 1919 the company changed its name to Alvin Silver Co operating as maker of sterling silver and silver plated flatware, holloware and dresserware.
In 1928 Gorham Company purchased assets, dies and patterns changing the name to Alvin Corporation



In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
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silverplate teapot on stand: Hukin & Heath, late 19th/early 20th century


Owing to the high cost of tea during most of the 18th century the teapot was of noticeably small size requiring frequent re-filling. The tea kettle was used to contain hot water to replenish the teapot when brewing tea.

Usually it has a pear-shaped, spherical, bullet-shaped or melon-shaped form with a stand containing a heater. Sometimes it is accompanied by a tray to prevent heat and drips reaching the table.....




In this column we present marks, information and history of silversmiths and silver manufacturers.
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Samuel Godbehere was not apprenticed through the Goldsmiths' Company nor was a Freeman of the Company.
He entered his first mark as plateworker at 86 Cheapside in 1784, succeeding to James Stamp (goldsmith and jeweller).
In 1786 Samuel Godbehere began the partnership with Edward Wigan, entering the new mark on 13 September.
In 1787 the partnership was registered as Godbehere, Wigan & Co (late Mr. Stamp's) 'working goldsmiths' (1787-1796).....



In this column we present images and descriptions of Crests and Mottoes of British, Irish and Scottish families as engraved on silver items.
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family crest: SMYTH

The crest of Smyth family ((Yorks.)
A unicorn head, erased. The motto is 'Exaltabit Honore' (He will exalt with honour)
The crest was found in an Old Sheffield Plate set of entrée dish with marks of Waterhouse, Hatfield & Co (c. 1836)
family crest: SMYTH on an Old Sheffield Plate entrée dish set family crest: SMYTH on an Old Sheffield Plate entrée dish set

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Closing our DECEMBER 2014 edition of ASCAS Newsletter I hope you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.

My thanks to Blair, Riccardo Bonardi, Robert Massart, David McKinley, Rev.Dr. John Wade Long, Jr for their precious contributions.

Giorgio Busetto
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