ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silvernewsletter # 128 January 2015 SITE MAP
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Meiji-Era Teapot
Jeffrey Herman was just elected into the prestigious Fellow category of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths in England. He's the only Fellow living outside England. Herman was nominated by three other Fellows of the IPG that felt him worthy of this honor.

In this newsletter Jeffrey Herman presents:

The Beauty of Pulse Arc Welding English version

This Meiji-era teapot needed its handle secured and its dents removed from the single-walled body, double-walled cover, and removable tea strainer that sits under the cover.
There had been a rod extending through both ivory insulators. One end was hard soldered to the handle and the other was peened over on the inside of the pot. Over time, this assembly loosened.
I removed both rods then welded new ones to the body, covering the holes.
I then drilled holes through the handle for the rods to extend and countersunk the holes.
After I reinstalled the insulators over the rods, I attached the handle with the rods protruding through the holes.
I then pulsed down over the rods, spreading the silver into the countersinks and securing all parts for an undetectable repair...

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New members

Welcome to new ASCAS members:

Richard Friestad - USA
Carol Hopkins - Australia
Carole Johnston - England UK
Philip Poniz - USA

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Sheldon Blom writes:
...My brother's friend was working in the garden at home, and came across this. He since gave it to me, and I've been asking around, and no one seems to have any idea what this is, or used for? A garden fork, a bread fork, a serving fork even?
I did some browsing online and came across your site.. Well it's great and very helpful! So I thought I'd send some pictures of what the item looks like, as well as the zoomed in photo showing the hallmarks.
The hallmarks read, "E & Co" with the letter " C" or "G" (But looks like a "G" to me) and an emblem with a "Crown with E&CO"
It's a silverplate meat fork made by Elkington & Co, year 1892. see my website at
Giorgio Busetto

Chris & Sue Driver write:
...Please can you give me a clue as to what the marks mean on the spoons shown in the attached photograph?
Chris & Sue Driver
The maker of your silverplate spoon is John Gilbert, see my website at
I suggest reading my webpage How to read silverplate marks at
Giorgio Busetto

Michael B. Neville writes:
...I am trying to identify the maker of a silver electroplated candelabra but I could not find the markings on your site.
I have attached a photograph of the candelabra as well as a close up of the markings found on the side of the base.
I would appreciate it if you could help me to identify the maker as well as provide any additional information you may have regarding the possible age of the piece.
Michael B. Neville
The 'signpost' mark was used by William Suckling (see my website at ) and, according to another author, by William R. Shirtcliffe (see my website at ).
Giorgio Busetto

Allen Carlson writes:
... I recently purchased a Georg Jensen pin with a stamp that says "Georg Jensen Silversmiths".
Can someone tell me when this stamp was used? I can't find any references to it in my books.
Allen Carlson

Replies to questions

Rev.Dr. John Wade Long, Jr, receives this answer about his silver-mounted meerschaum Kalmasch pipe
(see December 2014 Newsletter)
Charles C. Cage writes
I believe the Rev. Dr. Long is mis-reading the marks on his Swedish pipe.
The "H" is not the date letter, but the city mark of Harnosand, and the "purity" mark "8.4" is actually the date code "S.4. " for 1848.
The maker "E.W.G." is Eric Wilhem Gellerstedt (1814-1856; master 1842).
[Ref: Erik Andren, Bynole Hellner, Carl Hernmarck, & Kersti Holmquist,Svenskt Silversmide 1520-1850 : Guld- och Silverstamplar, 3rd rev. ed. (Stockhom: Nordiska Museets, 2000), p. 345, marks 4069-4070]
Charles C. Cage
Janjaap Luijt writes
The letter H is not the date-letter but the mark S4 (not 84) which is the date-letter for 1848.
I lack Swedish references to be able to determine the other marks
met vriendelijke groet,
Janjaap Luijt
Rod Hall writes
The Meerschaum pipe head is indeed Swedish and was made by Erik Wilhelm Gellerstedt in the Swedish coastal town of Harnosand in 1848. The "8.4" stamp is actually the year stamp S4 for 1848, while the H indicates the town of Harnosand, where Erik Wilhelm Gellerstedt worked as a master silversmith. He was also born in Harnosand in 1821, the son of a master pewter maker. He was granted the status of master silversmith in 1842, a few years before he made the pipe head.
Rod Hall
NOTE: in this webpage "Harnosand" is written without the special characters of the Swedish alphabet. Rod Hall specifies that the pronunciation is (approximately) Hair-nur-sand in Swedish

Riccardo Bonardi receives this answer about his tobacco box
(see November 2014 Newsletter)
Hans Demel writes
The three letters under the Austrian hallmark (appr. 1806-1812) seem to be Cyrillic. Therefore the tobacco box could come from Galicia, e.g. from Ternopil.
(There were probably assay offices in Ternopil, Berezhany, Zolochiv, Zalischyky. But even the Viennese assay office had no further information on the hallmarks.)
Hans Demel


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 home page

a 250 francs stock issued by Robert Linzeler & Cie
This month ASCAS presents a 250 Francs stock issued by:



The firm was active in Paris at 68 rue de Turbigo, 4 rue de la Paix and 9 rue d'Argenson.
Its mark was "RL under a royal crown" (April 14, 1897 - February 10, 1926)

Robert Linzeler & Cie mark



In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
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silver etui


Etui (a French word) is a small case made in different materials such as wood, leather, ivory, silver, gold, tortoise shell, mother of pearl or shagreen.

They are variously shaped and decorated and mounted with gilt hinges and collars......




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




Boulton was not a "goldsmith" or a "silversmith" in the accepted sense, yet for his achievements and services to the craft of goldsmithing he is fully worthy of inclusion in the list of great English goldsmiths.
Matthew Boulton was born in Birmingham on 3 September 1728. His father Matthew Boulton (senior) was a "toy maker" and silver stamper specialized in the production of shoe-buckles.
Boulton junior was taken into partnership in 1749 and was left in sole charge of the business after the death of his father in 1759.
Boulton had the ambition to establish a manufacturing complex where craftsmen in the various branches of the "toy" trade would work together under one roof, enabling him to reap both wholesale and retail profits. In 1761 he realized his project purchasing a one-hundred- year-lease of the "Soho" estate at Handswoth Heath (two miles from Snow Hilton the Wolverhampton Road).
In 1762 Boulton took into unofficial partnership John Fothergill who would act as a travelling salesman to advertise his wares and the factory moved to Soho in the same year......



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




family crest: HOME

A unicorn's head and neck couped, gorged with an Eastern coronet.
The crest of Home family (Bart., Berks).
The motto is 'Remember'
The crest was found in an Old Sheffield Plate cheese toaster made by Matthew Boulton
Old Sheffield Plate cheese toaster: maker Matthew Boulton mark of Matthew Boulton on Old Sheffield Plate

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Closing our JANUARY 2015 edition of ASCAS Newsletter I hope you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.

My thanks to Sheldon Blom, Charles C. Cage, Allen Carlson, Hans Demel, Chris & Sue Driver, Rod Hall, Jeffrey Herman, Janjaap Luijt and Michael B. Neville for their precious contributions.

Giorgio Busetto
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