Two new articles for ASCAS website
Pierre Gagnaux presents:
There's a wide production of modern silver
artifacts with fake Tsarist Russia hallmarks.
They come from Poland, Ukraine, Romany, Hungary
and other East European countries. Many of these
pieces are offered on eBay but they are also
presented on European Markets by Russians and
East European sellers.
The author analyses two pieces with Russian
hallmarking, demonstrating that their marks are
Pascal Jonnaert and Giorgio Busetto present:
A collection of Judaica silver
Judaica' is highly appreciateds by antique
silver collectors and Sotheby's and Christie's
dedicate specific auctions to this theme.
In this article we present a selection of
Judaica trays and spice towers belonging to
Pascal Jonnaert, a new ASCAS' member from
Welcome to new ASCAS members:
Paul Austin - England UK
Beth Barker - USA
Robert Bettinger - USA
Rachelle Cambell - USA
Philippe Choix - France
Fausto de Longis - Italy
Angela Fontana - The Netherlands
Steve Holden - England UK
John Ireland - England UK
Ann Jacks - Australia
Michael Kaufman - USA
Darryl King - USA
Larry Krug - USA
Luca Mastrodonato - Italy
Paul Mincey - USA
Bill Moss - England UK
Lloyd Prator - USA
Dawn Regler - England UK
Fran Schreiber - USA
Cherie Teitelbaum - USA
Denis Tournoux - France
Tommie S. Weldon - USA
Temel Yaksi - Turkey
Maria Giovanna Zappulla - Italy
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Fredric Sinfield presents:
Demons & Devils: an interesting addition
Demon and devils on
December Newsletter has obtained a great
This month Fredric Sinfield submits an
interesting 'silver devil' engraved on a
1804-1805 English nutmeg grater.
Wonder if this will bring out more devils?
Questions from ASCAS members
Ned Mancini writes:
...these pieces were commissioned by a nobleman of
unknown name. Documents say he ran through his wealth
and sold these with the pretense he remain anonymous.
The paper work also says they were made in France in
1780 and are carriage robe decoration. I was wondering
if you have seen any like this. I would guess the crown
weighs approx.16 ounces, the lion and oak tree a little
I removed the crown from the plaque and the reverse
needs a thorough cleaning. Would be great to find a
Thank you for any help with these pieces.
Enrico Spirito writes:
...I've just bought a silver pitcher.
It is hallmarked: M. 925 KNIGHT
I'm unable to identify the maker nor its origin and age.
I wonder if any reader knows these marks, can date it or
has any information about the maker. Grazie
Robert Waldron writes:
...I have a tea service comprising a tea pot, milk
jug and sugar bowl. The assay mark on the bottom of all
three items is CW ??? EP NS. I know the EPNS is electro
plated nickle silver but what does the CW mean?.
The symbol represented by three question marks looks
like an oval or carrot shape divided into three.
Please tell me what they all mean and by whom it was
Thanks in anticipation.
Ed Knapp writes:
...I have in my possession a small early silver?
hinged top box with a drape design around the sides and
the 'last supper' on the top.
The hallmarks are not familiar to me. There are 3
hallmarks on the bottom. What looks like an M or N with
a crown, a T. with a crown, and a top view of a bird
(dove?) in flight with a crown.
On the hinged cover, in the lower left corner of the
alternating scroll S and flower frame, surrounding the 'last
supper', are the initials E.R. and then ED followed by
an R that has a dot under it.
It measures approximately 2 3/4" long x 1 3/4" wide x 1"
high. On the inner lip of the base opening, which the
cover overlaps is crudely scratched 941K.
Any ideas or assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Also if I believe irrelevant for dating this piece, I
add another information: this object was uncovered at
Ossernon which was the site of a massacre of several
French Jesuits, by the Indians, during the late 17th
Giorgio Busetto writes (yes, also ASCAS Secretary has questions
...At last I was able to buy a nutmeg grater!
Unfortunately my putchase isn't an ancient and highly
expensive Georgian silver nutmeg grater, but a more
modern (and far less costly) piece with Dutch hallmarks.
I believe it is a piece made for 'decorative purpose
only', in an age when these odd devices had no more
I'd wish to date this item, hoping that the mark GG do
not belongs to a 'too modern' silversmith
The question has received a prompt reply by Janjaap
the makers mark belongs to Gerrit Regtdoorzee Greup from
Schoonhoven and was used from 1888 until 1915. The sword
is the standard mark for 835 Dutch silver.
Met vriendelijke groet,
Replies to members' questions
Karin Sixl-Daniell writes:
...the cup is indeed made by Jezler (from Eastern
Switzerland: Schaffhausen, a place well known for
watch-making), a fairly recent piece. It still exists
and as far as I know is the only silver manufacturer (solid
silver, not plated) in Switzerland these days. I have
just checked on the web and their webpage is
http://www.jezler.ch/index.html which seems to be in
Karin Sixl-Daniell writes:
Stephen Keenan writes:
...This tea strainer is not Russian but is actually
The Diana head was used in the Austro-Hungarian Empire
between 1867 and 1922, with a small change regarding the
letter indicating the town after 1872.
This piece was made between 1872 and 1922 and is from
It was made or retailed (see below) by Vincenz Mayer’s
Soehne, a very good silversmith company, and the eagle
is the Imperial Warrant this company was entitled to use.
The company was founded in 1810 and produced medals and
orders for the Imperial Court as well as gold- and
silverware and was the Jeweller to the Crown.
During the time the strainer was produced, they already
exported in other European countries.
The additional hallmark looks to me to be the one of
Wuerbel & Czokally of Vienna – maybe one company
produced and the other one retailed and hence both
stamps can be found.
The knife rest is also Austrian, also carries the mark
of Vincenz Mayer’s Soehne, the Diana head and the
Imperial Warrant, but this time the additional hallmark
is the one of Jarosinski & Vaugoin of Vienna, another
very well known maker. This company also still exists
...as to the spoons with the unusual markings, this
same mark is on the back of a souvenir spoon I have that
was made by Levi and Salaman to commemerate the maiden
voyage of the RMS Olympic, but I also have seen it on
other souvenir spoons.
I suspect that it refers to the silverplating procedure
that was patented by L&S shortly after they acquired the
Petosi Silver mine....
Closing our January edition I hope you have
appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great
My thanks to Pascal Jonnaert (Belgium),
Pierre Gagneaux (Switzerland), Douglas Hawkes (Canada), Ed Knapp (USA), Janjaap
Luijt (The Netherlands), Ned Mancini (USA), Fredric
Sinfield (Australia), Karin Sixl-Daniell (Austria),
Enrico Spirito (Italy), Robert Waldron (USA) for their