ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silvernewsletter # 121 June 2014 SITE MAP
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Silver pendants containing coral, citrine and smoky topaz
Fred van Staden presents:

Joe Calafato: A South African creative jeweller and silversmith (1947-1984) English version

Joe Calafato designed and manufactured silver jewellery, flatware and hollowware during the mid to late 20th century in a career spanning 37 years in Pretoria, South Africa. His work made an important contribution to the development of a uniquely South African design domain and has become increasingly sought after at antique and collectible markets.

Of Sicilian parentage, Giuseppe Leonardo Calafato was born on the 10th of July 1912 in the then Lorenšo Marques (now Maputo) Mozambique. In the 1920s the family moved to Johannesburg. Here he did his apprenticeship as a manufacturing jeweller under Jack Friedman - a well known local jewellery manufacturer of his time.
From April 1938 until June 1945, Joe worked for the South African Mint in the capacity of Jeweller and Silversmith in the Medal and Badge Department.....

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New members

Welcome to new ASCAS members:

Tristan Caines - Australia
Clayton LaVoie - USA
Stan Miller - USA
Manuel Ponce - Spain
Renato Serena - Italy

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Yosef Shlingbaum writes:
...May I ask for your help in finding the origin & date of this magnificent silver filigree spice box?
Thank you,
Yosef Shlingbaum
A hypothesis could be "Malta", but I have little knowledge about Maltese hallmarks.
Any help will be welcome
Giorgio Busetto

Allen Carlson writes:
I have recently purchased a Sterling cake knife by Georg Jensen.
Can someone in the group assist me in naming the pattern?
I have looked in all the references that I have and cannot find the pattern name or number.
Allen Carlson

Reg Lennox writes:
...I have a set of silver tableware for 6 made in Portugal and marked with the cocks head turned left over 833. I have been able to identify the mark as being of the town of Porto and after 1938. I have not however been able to identify the maker or pattern and have included a hand drawn facsimile of the mark in the hope that someone can. They must have used a very minute stamp as the cancellation mark is only about 3/4 of a millimeter wide and the makers mark less than 2 mm wide.

As an interesting side note, when I received the set one of the knife handles was loose so I removed it for repair and found that the handle itself was very heavily cast in 2 pieces. Out of curiosity wondering exactly how much silver was used in the casting I removed all of the cutlers resin within and weighed the handle. To my amazement I found that the manufacturer had used an astonishing 62 grams of silver to cast the handle. The 6 forks and spoons weigh 594 grams.
No shortage of silver in Portugal I guess!
Reg Lennox

Paola Continella writes:
...I'm trying to obtain information about the marks of this little spoon.
I trust in your assistance for the identification
Paola Continella
I believe they are ancient Swiss hallmarks, but I need to be confirmed and, possibly, receive further information and details by someone more acquainted about the matter.
Giorgio Busetto

Luis Castelo Lopes writes:
...Once again I would like to ask for your help, or for the help from someone among the ASCAS members.
Please find here the photos of a two handle silver bowl and of its hallmarks which I have not been able to identify.
Could you please help me?
Best regards
Luis Castelo Lopes

Replies to questions

Zelda receives these answers about the maker of his sauce boat
(see May 2014 Newsletter)
Graham Hodges writes
The maker's mark on the sauce boat is that of Stephen Adams. The mark is overstruck on top of another, but unfortunately cannot make out who the original maker was.
Graham Hodges
Jolyon Warwick James writes
This maker's mark is surely an overstrike. One can see the two overlapping cartouches and the witness marks on the lettering SA - who may well be Stephen Adams. The latter looks like it is overstriking something possibly beginning with I. A closer and sharper image might enable one to decipher the original mark.
Jolyon Warwick James
Laurence Joyce writes
In response to Zelda's question about the maker's mark on her sauce boat: it appears to be Stephen Adams overstriking another maker, perhaps someone with the second initial K. The underlying maker's mark I take to be upside down in the photograph.
Laurence Joyce


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

Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co, 1891 advertisement
This month ASCAS presents an ancient advertisement of:



The firm was founded in 1866 by Samuel Simpson, a Britannia ware manufacturer active in Wallingford, CT.
In 1878 he made a contract with William Rogers to supervise the manufacture and marketing of Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co 'Eagle' Brand.
In 1879 the firm established a Canadian branch in Montreal: Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co (Canada).
In 1895 the firm started the manufacture of sterling silverware and in 1898, being one of the original founders, became part of the International Silver Company

This image is part of the ADVERTISEMENTS IN SILVER - SILVER ADVERTISING section of website


In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
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silver beehive honey-pot made by Paul Storr


Honey-pot is a receptacle used for serving honey in the table.

Usually it is of cylindrical shape with a cover and, often, a fixed saucer-like stand with a serving spoon..... more




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 founded in Sheffield by James Deakin in 1866.
The first mark was entered by the firm in Sheffield Assay Office on 31 January 1878. It was a "JD" over "WD" and, possibly, represented the partnership of James Deakin and his son William Pitchford Deakin. The firm was active at Sidney Works, Matilda Street, Sheffield.
In 1886 two further sons entered in the partnership, John Deakin and Albert Deakin, and the firm was then known as James Deakin & Sons.
Further marks were entered in London Assay Office (1888) by William and John Deakin (subsidiary offices and showrooms at 48 Holborn Viaduct, London), Chester and Birmingham. Further offices and showrooms were opened at Gardiner House, 14 Charterhouse Street, London, 34 St. Enoch Square, Glasgow and 7 Queen Street, Belfast....



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: BORTHWICK
A Scottish family. A Negro's head. The Latin motto is: Qui Conducit (He who leads)

The crest is on a silver spoon hallmarked Edinburgh 1829, maker 'AE' (possibly Adam Elder or Alexander Edmonstoun III)
silver spoon hallmarked Edinburgh 1829, maker 'AE' (possibly Adam Elder or Alexander Edmonstoun III) silver spoon hallmarked Edinburgh 1829, maker 'AE' (possibly Adam Elder or Alexander Edmonstoun III)

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Closing our JUNE 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 Allen Carlson, Luis Castelo Lopes, Paola Continella, Graham Hodges, Jolyon Warwick James, Laurence Joyce, Reg Lennox, Yosef Shlingbaum, Fred van Staden for their precious contributions.

Giorgio Busetto
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