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David McKinley presents:
London Hallmarking on 19th Century Flatware
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
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
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
Welcome to new ASCAS members:
Jonathan Harris - England UK
Janelle Jefferson - Australia
Rev.Dr. John Wade Long, Jr, Webmaster of the Pipe Club of
...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,
...I'm unable to decipher this mark. Would you be able to help
Robert Massart writes
The maker's mark, Riccardo Bonardi is asking for, belongs to
the manufacturer silversmith François Labat, 43 rue de
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
This month ASCAS presents a 1907 advertisement of:
ALVIN MFG. CO
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
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
"A WORD per MONTH"
TEAPOT WITH STAND
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
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.....
"A SILVERSMITH per MONTH"
- SAMUEL GODBEHERE & EDGAR WIGAN
- SAMUEL GODBEHERE, EDGAR WIGAN & JAMES BULT (S.GODBEHERE
- SAMUEL GODBEHERE & JAMES BULT
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
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'
"A CREST per MONTH"
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.
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
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