ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver

newsletter # 163 December 2017
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Giorgio Busetto
ASCAS Secretary

A new article for ASCAS website

Marc Faygen presents:

French traditional jewellery - baptism English version
Les bijoux traditionnels français - le baptême Français

The arrival of a baby in a family has always been a special moment. Before the 20th century, the rate of neo-natal mortality was quite high and it was considered important to baptise the newborn as rapidly as possible. Before or during the ceremony, the immediate family and very often the god-mother or god-father would offer a small gift: a brooch for fixing the bib, a baby bracelet, a gold or silver medal, a silver beaker or possibly a silver rattle......
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New members

Welcome to new ASCAS members:

Frank Faygen - France
Lindsay Harris - Australia

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Francesco Rossi writes:
...I try to identify the maker of this silver pitcher.
Any information will be appreciated.
Francesco Rossi

The maker is the Austrian silversmith Rudolf Frank, active in Vienna, 1882-1914
Giorgio Busetto

Autum Mitchell writes:
...I've recently moved house and come across this item that has been handed down to my father.
I would like some information on this piece if possible? I have managed to find out it is a JD & son piece but not what the symbol means and exactly what the item is as it is so unusual
Autum Mitchell

The maker of your silverplate item is James Deakin & Sons, see
Your unusual item could be (not sure) an epergne missing of its baskets (see at ).
Anyway I'll publish your question in December newsletter hoping to receive other suggestions by ASCAS members.
Giorgio Busetto

Allen Carlson writes:
...I recently purchased a nice pair of Georg Jensen Sterling ice tongs in the Cactus pattern. All the hallmarks appear correct, but I was wondering about the "Georg Jensen Silversmiths" hallmark.
Can you or a member of the group shed any light on the hallmark? Could someone tell me when it was used? I remember seeing it a very few times as I look at Jensen pieces on the internet.
Thank you so very much for your assistance.
Allen Carlson

Robin Gibson writes:
...Hoping you might be able to identify the marks on a soup ladle. There are 6 parts starting with a picture of a hatchet/axe then letters A P E & X, then 79. No country of origin.
Could it be John Biggin? Or the Melbourne manufacturer also using the word apex?
I look forward to hearing from you
Robin Gibson

APEX is a trade mark of John Biggin, see
Giorgio Busetto


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.
The images will be published at a "low resolution" level and for private and personal use only.
This column is published under the kind permission of Giorgio Busetto's website


This month ASCAS presents an ancient image of the factory of

Franz Bahner Aktiengesellschaft: factory image

Franz Bahner Aktiengesellschaft, Düsseldorf (Germany)

The firm, established by Franz Bahner in Düsseldorf (Germany) in 1895, was one of the most prolific flatware makers in Art Nouveau style.
After the death of Franz Bahner (1913) his heirs changed the manufactory into a share holding company until 1917 when the firm was purchased by Mansfelder Gewerkschaft.
The new owner changed the maker's mark to two crossed hammers with the letters "M" and "S" (standing for Mansfelder Silber).
Mansfelder Gewerkschaft was dissolved in 1962.


In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
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The terms paper knife and letter opener are often used interchangeably to refer to a knife-like desktop tool. In truth, they are actually for different functions and were in use at different times.
In 19th century multiple pages of a book were printed on each side of a large sheet of paper on each pass through the printing press. This system made faster the printing process but when large sheets were folded and assembled into the completed text block could happen that some of those folds escaped the trimmer.
To solve the problem the paper knife (originally used for sharpening quills) evolved into an implement with a long, broad blade with rounded edges and a rounded, blunt tip.


In this column we present marks, information and history of silversmiths and silver manufacturers.
This column is published under the kind permission of Giorgio Busetto's website home page


The firm was organized in 1865 as Wilcox Britannia Co by Jedediah and Horace Wilcox, Charles Parker, Aaron Collins and Hezekiah Miller and others.
The firm was active in Meriden, CT with salesrooms at 6 Maiden Lane, New York.
The name was changed to Wilcox Silver Plate Co in 1867.
In 1869 was acquired Parker & Casper Co, a specialist in silverplate holloware.
Wilcox Silver Plate Co was one of the original companies that became part of International Silver Company in 1898.
Immediately afterwards (1899) Middletown Silver Plate was closed and the production transferred to Wilcox factory. Superior Silver Co was a Middleton trademark manufactured by Wilcox... MORE...


In this column we present images and descriptions of Crests and Mottoes of British, Irish and Scottish families as engraved on silver items.
This column is published under the kind permission of Giorgio Busetto's website home page




The crest of various families:
- Bartholomew E. Urquhart, Lieutenant, of Cransbrook, Lansdowne Road, Aldershot, motto "I conquer by the wound"
- Bartholomew of Glasgow, motto "Ad alta" (To things high)
- Bartolomew or Bartholomew of Rochester
The crest is "A Demi-Goat, Gorged With A Chaplet Of Laurel" found on a set of sterling silver fiddle pattern forks hallmarked London 1842, makers Samuel Hayne & Dudley Cater

Hayne & Cater hallmark on a set of forks with BARTHOLOMEW or BARTOLOMEW family crest

a set of forks with BARTHOLOMEW or BARTOLOMEW family crest

- 1783 -

This table is obtained from The Book of Entries of the Names, Places of abode and Marks of the several Silversmiths and Plate Workers residing in Sheffield, or within twenty miles thereof, who are required to send their goods to the Assay Office, lately established in the Town of Sheffield by an Act of Parliament lately passed in the Thirteenth Year of the Reign of King George the Third intituled:
An Act for appointing Wardens and Assaymasters for
Assaying Wrought Plate in the Towns of Sheffield
and Birmingham

YEAR 1783

Sheffield Assay Office: hallmarks register
Sheffield Assay Office: 1783 hallmarks register
Sheffield Assay Office: 1783 hallmarks register

Closing our December 2017 edition of ASCAS Newsletter I hope you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.

My thanks to Allen Carlson, Marc Faygen, Robin Gibson, Autum Mitchell and Francesco Rossi for their precious contributions.

Giorgio Busetto


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