Giovanni Ciceri presents:
The case of Richard Rugg and Robert Rew - A debate on
the attribution of a maker mark
The worker's or maker's mark was first instituted in
England by the statute of 1363 which ordered that every
Master Goldsmith should have a mark of his own, known to
those appointed by the King to survey their work. In
chronological order the maker's mark was the second
marks becoming compulsory, after the introduction of the
crowned leopard head in force since 1300, that was the
guarantee given by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
that the silver was at list of sterling standard (925
parts of silver per 1000 parts of alloy)......
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Logan Need writes:
... Do you know anything about these marks? I was curious when I
Guy Brooke - Sumner writes:
... I was wondering if you could tell me a little about the
hallmark of the attached picture... It is a serviette ring with
claims that it is London hallmark Sterling silver.
Guy Brooke - Sumner
Your mark is rubbed and difficult to read. It could be
Robert Pringle & Sons, year 1947 (see my website at
Eddie Robinson writes:
... I wonder if you could advise me with the attached maker mark.
[Sheffield] [F & G] [EP] 
I have searched high and low with nothing resembling F & G.
Linda Rowe writes:
... I am hoping you can help me. I was wondering if my tray is
silver or silver plated.
It is a silver tray made by Ellis-Barker Silver Co. (Barker
I have attached a couple of pictures and all the information I
have found out about the tray so far.
- The pineapple hallmark was issued from 1906 to 1912 by Barker
- The size of the tray without the handles is 24” by 17.5”
- The weight of the tray is roughly 8.5 pounds
- The engraving would be just gorgeous if it was to be polished
Here are some pictures I took
Your tray is silverplate and not sterling silver. See
further information and images in my website at
Guillaume de Saint Just writes:
...I'm trying to identify the maker of this cup.
Any help would be greatly appreciated
Guillaume de Saint Just
Your cup is silverplate (not sterling silver). The maker is
Barker Brothers, Birmingham (see my website at
Ludo D’Haese, Christophe Ginter, Jean-Gabriel Lamorte and Robert
identify the mark belonging to the manufacturing silversmith
Louis Alexandre Bruneau.
8 rue du Vertbois, Paris (1)
1 rue Montmorency, Paris (2)
38 rue de Montmorency, Paris (3)
N° de garantie : 2434 (1); 3353 (2); 4266 (3)
N° de préfecture : 2570 (1); 3494 (2); 4435 (3)
Symbol : a pellet over a nib (un bec de plume, un point
Mark entered : 9 June 1823 (1); 2 July 1834 (2), 8 April 1843
Werner Lack writes:
I believe the shown marks are pseudo marks; the last mark is
the Latvian Import mark from Riga.
Riga was the gateway for European silver to the East, mainly
Through further research and a contact in France it has been
determined that the family which this armorial bearing belonged
to was that of Porcheron de Saint James.
Still no luck with the hallmarks or makers marks but I’m still
working on it and if unsuccessful hopefully someone else will be
able to assist me.
Douglas B. Shand
Douglas Shand writes:
I’m not sure but I may have found the family coat of arms
for Claude Guilloteau submission that appeared in the May
newsletter. It would seem that it may be: "Perot"
See at http://www.francegenweb.org/~heraldique/base/details.php?image_id=1487&mode=search
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 month ASCAS presents a page from The Soho
Pattern Books of Matthew Boulton's Soho Manufactory
SOUP TUREEN PATTERNS
from Matthew Boulton's Soho Manufactory Pattern
Matthew Boulton employed numerous designers, including
Robert Adam, John Flaxman and James Wyatt, but he also
used a Soho workman, named Hooker, to act as draughtsman,
and he probably made the sketches when required.
The sheets were submitted to customers for approval or
the help them to describe an article they wished to
This page illustrates models of Soup Tureen Patterns
made by The Soho Manufactory
"A WORD per MONTH"
This is a drinking vessel of glass crystal with
curved handle and silver collar with thumb rest for
opening the lid.
It has conical shape and, in most cases, a cut glass
star on the base.
Often it is accompanied by a silver tot label and chain.....
"A SILVERSMITH per MONTH"
LEVI & SALAMAN - LEVI & SALAMAN LTD
The business Levi and Salaman
was founded in Birmingham in 1870 by Phineas Harris Levi
in partnership with Joseph Wolff Salaman.
The firm was active at Northampton Street until c. 1872
when the business was transferred to larger premises at
Hockley Street continuing the manufacture of silver
In 1878 the firm bought Potosi Silver, a small
manufacturer of silverplate spoons and forks. The
production had great success and in 1885 the activity
was transferred to new buildings in Newhall Street (Potosi
P.H. Levi died in 1910 and the firm was converted into a
limited liability company as Levi & Salaman Ltd. The
first directors were Joseph Wolff Salaman, Clive Joseph
Levi (son of P.H. Levi) and Lewis Henry Salaman. Potosi
Silver Co was their subsidiary firm....
"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.
Baird Bart. of Yardleybury,
Herts; Fernton, Perthshire; and Newbyth, East Lothian
The crest is described as "A boar's head, erased".
The Latin motto is Vi et Virtute (By strenght and
The crest was found on a silver marrow spoon made by
James McKay, hallmarked Edinburgh 1843,
(courtesy Lindy Donato)
Closing our JULY 2013 edition of ASCAS
Newsletter I hope you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.
My thanks to Guy Brooke, Giovanni Ciceri, Guillaume de Saint
Just, Ludo D’Haese, Rémy Du Pasquier, Christophe Ginter, Werner
Lack, Jean-Gabriel Lamorte, Robert Massart, Logan Need, Eddie
Robinson, Linda Rowe and Douglas B. Shand for their precious
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