Lazar Freidgeim presents:
How to become a Millionaire - Reasonings of the
.....It's as easy as apple pie. Nothing can be easier?
To hit the jackpot or win a big hand in blackjack. To
know every single answer in a TV quiz show. To marry
into wealth. To be born smart and business minded in a
proper time and place like Rockefeller or Bill Gates. To
invent or develop the next big thing. To pick the right
stock just before the news? The list goes on and on.
There are many fair ways to get rich. Not to mention the
unfair ones: to heist the bank, to blackmail a TV anchor,
or simply force somebody rich enough to shell out your
Prof. David N. Nikogosyan presents:
Unknown mark for silver-plated hollow ware used by
Christofle in 1930-1935
.....The famous French silversmith company Christofle is
one of the world pioneers in the mass production of
cheap high-quality silver-plated items, which started
170 years ago and continues until now. This paper
contains a brief overview of Christofle marks for
silver-plating as well as presents a newly discovered
Welcome to new ASCAS members:
Johnathan Beagley - Wales UK
C. Bruno Bruni - Italy
Amanda Cresswell - USA
Paulina Dambski - Canada
George Degabriele - Malta
Kathleen Desjacques - France
Tomas Golis - Slovakia
Robert Kingdon - Canada
Barry Laidler - New Zealand
Jean Lalanne - France
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Katy Galewski presents:
Silver on My Mind
When thinking about my silver, it's not always the piece
itself I treasure, but remembering how I became its
lucky guardian. So instead of writing about my silver
collection, I decided to share my collection of silver
For instance, I will never forget the excitement I felt
when a close friend gave me a piece of silver plate that
belonged to Sonja Henie. It is just a worn little plate
with a monogrammed "H". Sonja must have had dozens of
them. But it is about as close to a celebrity as I'm
going to get.....
I suppose that your questions are: who was the maker and
what is this item?
I'm sorry but I'm unable to reply to your first question without
a complete information about the initials of the maker. About
the second question (what is this item?), I am publishing your
question in June Newsletter of ASCAS. I hope that ASCAS members
will be able to supply information about your item.
Alessandro Colemann writes:
...I bought 12 silver cups with the Italian mark 3 PA. I'd wish
to know the name of the maker. Thanks for your assistance.
The mark 3 PA belonged to Formosa Pietro, Via d'Olivello
71, Palermo (the firm ceased its activity).
Maria Entrup-Henemann writes:
...Last summer I got a very fine Russian Salt Throne. 10,5 cm
high, 125 g (see pictures).
As far as I can see it is made in Moscow 1890, Assayer A.A. =
Anatoli Apollonovic Artsybaskev. But I can't identify the makers
There are Cyrillic letters (pi?che?).
Maybe you or one of the members can help.
Many thanks and kindest regards,
The maker is Pyetr Chumakov, active in Moscow, 1883-1897.
Any further information will be appreciated.
Carolyn Meacham writes:
...I have a question. I have a fish handled silver plated set of
utensils with a long spoon like scoop on one and a fork like end
on the other. (Picture attached) They are marked H Ld (Harrod's
My question is what were they used for? Someone suggested for
eating anchovies or sardines. Any ideas?
I confirm that the maker's mark (better, the sponsor's
mark) belongs to Harrods Ltd (see my web site at
I trust in ASCAS members for suggestions about the use of these
Simon Buxton writes:
...Here is another query about a snuffbox that someone in the
group may be help with. Although the box is brass, my query
would be the same if it were silver.
Attached are photos of a brass snuffbox which shows the owner's
initials on top and the letters A.G.R.S. on the bottom with
engravings of contemporary farm implements.
I would like to find out what the letters stand for and confirm
its date and origin.
My guess is that it is English, dating to around 1790-1800 and
the letters relate to some sort of society or association
connected to farming.
C.Ann Sorrell writes:
...I have recently acquired a silver plate tea and coffee set
that has a mark I can't find anywhere.
If anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated.
Replies to questions
Robert Massart writes:
Regarding Les Salvage's question for which the ESB punch
stands, I can add some additional information. The full name of
this silversmith is Edward Souter Barnsley, who had his
workshops at Frederick Street in Birmingham. He was active from
1895 till 1921 and registered his mark on November 1887 and
In this column we present 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 month we present an ancient advertisement of
R.BROADHEAD & CO
late Broadhead & Atkin
Love Street, Sheffield
The firm was active at 1-3 Love Street (1853-1887),
22 George St and 4 Sycamore St (1888-1890) and Pond St,
The firm advertises as manufacturer of Electro-Plated,
British Plate and Britannia Plate Goods, Mounted
"A WORD per MONTH"
slop bowls, alms-dishes, voiders, waste-pots, waste
bowls... (among the many names by which these items have
been known), were used since ancient times. In their
different shapes, measures and materials they are
containers into which to put unwanted scraps and pieces
of food in order to clear the plate.
By the middle of the eighteenth century, small circular
or octagonal bowls were added also to the equipment
necessary for the serving of tea. Slop bowls, as they
were then called, were used for pouring out the
remaining cold tea in a cup before pouring another.....
"A SILVERSMITH per MONTH"
HESTER BATEMAN AND BATEMAN FAMILY
HESTER BATEMAN (1709-1794)
was the most famous 18th c. English female silversmith.
Hester was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Nedem. She
married in 1732 (at the Church of St. Botolph's,
Aldergate, in the City of London) goldsmith John Bateman,
whereby together they worked a small silversmith
business. It is believed John never held a formal
apprenticeship, which is why many Bateman pieces had
been contracted out to talented craftsmen.
John was a "Chainmaker" (a branch of the silversmiths'
art) and died on November 13, 1760 leaving in his will
"unto my loving wife, Easter Bateman all my household
goods and implements"....
"A BOOK ON MY SHELF"
In 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 bookcase.
ASCAS members are invited to contribute to this column
(click to enlarge images)
The "book on my shelf" of this month presents (courtesy
Macmillan of Canada - 1973
Originally published in 1940, this book has been
out of print for many years. The continued request
for a reprint has resulted in this new printing. The
book embodies Professor Traquair's researches into
the old silver of new France and its makers from the
beginning of the colony in the seventeenth century
to the middle of the nineteenth. Reproductions of
the makers' marks and lists of silversmiths are
given, both French and English, with biographical
notes. Chapters are given to the Indian Trade
silver, the goldsmiths and the pewterers. An account
is also given of the old French, English and
American silver found in the Province, and of the
silver preserved in the treasures of the old
"A CREST per MONTH"
In this column we present images and
descriptions of Crests and Mottoes of British, Irish and
Scottish families as engraved on silver items.
Carrington (Lond. and
Yorkshire) or Carrington (Oxfordshire):
A unicorn's head out of a Ducal coronet
The crest is engraved on an unmarked silver plate
serving tray decorated with acorn motifs
Closing our June 2010 edition of ASCAS
Newsletter I hope you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.
My thanks to Simon Buxton,
Alessandro Colemann, Jayne Dye, Maria Entrup-Henemann, Geldolph
Everts, Lazar Freidgeim, Katy Galewski, Helen, Robert Massart,
Carolyn Meacham, David N. Nikogosyan, for their invaluable
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