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Marianne Gearin writes:
... I am trying to identify a plate that I purchased at a flea
market. I am not a regular collector but was attracted to it. I
have searched all over to identify the Hallmark with no success.
Are you able to, or could you please direct me to someone who
can help me.
A footnote: under the hallmark appears to be an engraving that
looks like it reads Ely10. Thank you in advance for your help.
Michael Urban writes:
..I have a spoon about 7 1/2 '' long with 5 marks: the passant
lion with a 2 or z under, letter R with something under it, a
sovereign head that looks to be the letter M on it, also a
script letter that looks maybe like a really fancy D, not sure,
and the last mark has stumped me a little, can't figure it out
but looks like a really small shield, or a really old plain lion
with a crown, not sure, more on the shield side (it's the
smallest of the 5 hallmarks).
I'm hoping you can help me determining who did this work,
The marks on your photos are not well readable. Anyway I
believe that this spoon was made in the Netherlands but I'm
unable to identify the maker and to date it.
I hope that someone of ASCAS members with deep knowledge of
Dutch marks will be able to reply to your question. Giorgio
A. Branislav writes:
..I bought on an antique market a nice Judaic Spice container.
Few days after this purchase I start to search via internet and
I found your site: silvercollection.it and then going deeper I
found ASCASonline.org. Now I'm contacting you directly as I
spent hours checking all available data and I'm getting stronger
and stronger feeling that what I bought is a fake.
Can you therefore have a look into attached photos and let me
know your opinion???
Thank you in advance
On my opinion, your item isn't ancient Russia silver.
Further information about "fakes" and images of items with
similar ornaments are available in my website at
Other comments by ASCAS members will be highly appreciated
WARNING: this is NOT an appraisal. I have no title to make
appraisals and this is only my PERSONAL OPINION.
Christophe Ginter writes:
....Please find herewith a picture of an Austrian silversmith
unknown to me. Initials JCK. Active in the 1860s, in Vienna?
Many thanks in advance for your reply.
With my kind regards.
The maker is Joseph Karl (Carl) KLINKOSCH.
Born in Vienna, 28 February, 1822. Son of Carl Klinkosch and of
Apprentice to his father from 1835 to 1839. Registered as master
silversmith January 25, 1944 he became responsible for the
family firm in 1843.
From 1855 he was Viennese Court's supplier for silver and gold
From 1864 to 1870 he was in partnership with Stefan Mayerhofer
under the style Mayerhofer & Klinkosch. The firm was present at
World Exhibitions of Vienna (1873) and Paris (1878).
After the dissolution of the partnership he became the manager
of the firm J.C Klinkosch.
After his retirement in 1884 the firm was managed by his sons
Arthur (1884-1899) and Isidore (1884-1914).
Zelia Soares writes:
... I am sending some photos of my beaker - 8,5 cm tall 6,5 cm
It weights approx. 300 grams. It has an Augsburg hallmark, date
mark 1718, and another hallmark that I can’t identify, probably
the initials of the Augsburg silversmith, but I don't know who.
Although I was not able to recognize the mark of Double-Headed
Eagle. I have searched since I got it in 1988. I found many
kinds of double-headed-eagle (Hapsburgs, Lubeck, Masonry or...),
but no one is like mine.
The only thing right is this beaker came from somewhere in
Europe, made by some silversmith from Augsburg (pinecone mark).
I sincerely hope some member can help me.
Thanks in advance,
an anonymous reader writes:
... An old teacup or (?) vodka cup, I have been searching to
find more info. I cannot find hallmarks in any books I have
looked in so far.
Ever seen it before? I took closest pictures I could, but town
mark appears to be two men on either side of a forge.
Thanks in advance if you have time to look.
Your cup is a "charka" . A wide informative article about
this drinking vessel written by Kari Helenius is available in
ASCAS website at
The marks of your charka aren't well readable. I have only a
hypothesis of identification:
town mark: Novgorod (mark #3093 or 3095 in Postnikova-Loseva)
maker: AM, unidentified master 1753-1774 (mark # 3108 in
Any further information from members well acquainted in Russian
silver will be welcome.
Replies to questions
receives this reply about his silver cup
( see May Newsletter)
Giovanni Ciceri writes:
... It is a porringer, a vessel used for infusions.
This kind of item was popular in the late XVII and in
the beginning of XVIII century, during the reign of
William and Mary. William III, and Queen Anne. Many
replicas have been produced in the late XIX century with
the same design, but usually of greater dimension being
used as sugar bowls.
Unfortunately the hallmarks are partially rubbed and it
is difficult to understand whether it is a late 1600
piece or a later replica. Furthermore there are some
repairs in connection of the hallmarks and it is not
possible to understand the hallmarking place. It is my
opinion, on the base of the dimension, position and
shape of the hallmarks that it can be attributed to
London 1694 or 1696, but remains a possibility of a late
XIX replica hallmarked in a provincial Office like
Sheffield or Birmingham.
Schneider receives this reply about his Russian
( see October 2006 Newsletter)
Geldolph Everts writes:
... I just discovered the wonderful website
of ASCAS and blissfully surfed around for many
I may have a small contribution to make.
I noted that there was no reply to the question
by Eric Schneider (October 2006) and maybe the
following can still be useful.
The cutlery he presented was widely available in
the former USSR and its satellite states. It was
considered one of the best qualities one could
get through ordinary channels. Nowadays, the
same items are still offered for sale on the
markets that have appeared in every
self-respecting town in every ex-Soviet
Republic. It is effective for at least three
reasons: it can be mistaken for silver, it
shines with a quick polish, and it looks a bit
This cutlery is made of an alloy with a Cyrillic
name which translates as "copper-nickel-zink".
One of the marks has these three letters.
The items were then nickel, silver or gold
plated. The second mark is • i Č, which is the
abbreviation (in Ukrainian, note the Latin i
between two Cyrillic letters) of Zaparosia
Nickel Mark (Zaparosia is a region in Ukraine).
With best regards,
receives these replies about her unusual
( see May Newsletter)
Maja Houtman writes:
... This fork is called in Dutch a
Used to serve sardines without damaging
met vriendelijke groet
Rod Hall writes:
... Nancy Zarod’s mystery fork with
the closed tines is (I believe) an
Anchovy Fork, used for serving these
small fish from a special serving dish
on the breakfast table. You see them
quite often (usually they are silver
plated) here in Sweden where I live,
where they were quite common in the
period 1880 to 1910. After that they
seem to have largely gone out of
Martin Leushuis writes:
... The fork shown by Nancy Zarod is
a sardine server and the design is
Lot of people will say it's a sardine
fork but as you can learn from the two
jpg's I attach you will notice that the
sardine fork is open at the end and the
server is always closed.
I am a collector of silver sardine fork
and have all kinds of designs from
Ciceri sent these comments to
Jack F. Wilson article
"ANOINTING SPOON REPLICAS - part
( see article # 97)
Dear Jack, I read with great
interest your article about
anointing spoons as I was a
collector of commemorative
British silvers (I also wrote an
article about these for ASCAS,
in which I reported one of the
three examples I have in my
I have not your skill in this
field but from what I was able
to see in my research of
commemorative items I agree that
occasionally one can find an
anointing spoon hallmarked
outside the coronation date, but
it is the a matter of fact that
the greatest number of this
replicas available on the market
follow in the coronation years
or just around them (maybe for
commercial or business
considerations). It is not clear
from the text of your article if
you also considered other
important royal anniversaries
(marriages – not only of the
king/queen but also of other
members of the royal family,
jubilee, etc.): I think that
some of the reported dates can
be explained with these events,
but I have not investigated
this. I remember an example of
an anointing spoon hallmarked in
Birmingham and dating 1897
(diamond jubilee of Queen
Victoria) of which I have no
record because the auction was
not won by me.
About the variety of the Assay
Office: apart Birmingham and
London, the few cases I noted
were hallmarked in Chester
(where there was no significant
silversmith activity in the
second half of XIX century) and
Sheffield but always
manufactured by large companies
and not by local silversmiths.
The same seems to apply for
Glasgow and Edinburgh: are the
examples to which you refer
hallmarked by local silversmiths
or by large manufactures?
I hope you appreciate my
PAGE per MONTH"
this column we present a page
obtained from makers' brochures,
books, auction catalogs,
advertising or whatever other
printed paper related to silver,
which may be of interest for
The images will be published at
a "low resolution" level and for
private and personal use only
This month ASCAS
presents a beginning
20th century leaflet
R.PLEVKEVICH & CO -
I don't know if R.
Plevkevich & Co was a
silver flatware and
hollowware factory or a
retailer. I trust in the
help of our readers for
an English translation
of this Polish (or
Translation of Russian text:
Factory of a silverplated and goldplated metallic wares
R. Plevkevich & Co
(courtesy Wulich Bronia in August 2008 Newsletter)
WORD per MONTH"
this column we presents an
abstract from a page of the
"What is? Silver Dictionary"
WARWICK CRUET STAND
The Italian, French
tradition refers to
"cruet stand" as the oil
and vinegar container,
sometimes with salt and
pepper shakers, rarely
accompanied by spice,
mustard or other
bottles and jars.
These objects are named
in Italy "portaoliera",
"ampolliera", "olio e
aceto" and in England
"Warwick cruet stand",
"soy stand", "box cruet
BOOK ON MY SHELF"
this column we present books,
new or ancient, dealing with
silver in all its aspects
(history, marks, oddities...).
This isn't a "book review" but
only a fair presentation of some
useful "tools" that anyone may
have in the shelf of his
ASCAS members are invited to
contribute to this column
(click to enlarge
The "book on the shelf" of
this month is presented by Karin
MR. AND MRS. MORRIE A. MOSS
OF PAUL STORR SILVER
1771 - 1843
Exhibition March 6 to 27,
Brooks Memorial Art Gallery
Memphis, Tennessee 1912
SILVER SOCIETY OF CANADA
The Silver Society of
Canada celebrates its
SSC just published its JOURNAL
2008 VOLUME 11,
a breathtaking 132 pages
edition with interesting
articles by many renown
People interested may
contact SSC through its
our JUNE 2008 edition of ASCAS
Newsletter I hope you have
appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and
advice will be of great help.
to A. Branislav, Giovanni Ciceri,
Jayne Dye, Geldolph Everts,
Marianne Gearin, Christophe
Ginter, Rod Hall, Maja Houtman,
Martin Leushuis, Howard Schecter,
Karin Sixl-Daniell, Zelia Soares,
Michael Urban, JoAnne Wilkinson,
Jack F. Wilson, for their
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