ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silvernewsletter # 134 July 2015 SITE MAP

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Bill Jackman presents:

Antique Silver Toys Miniature English version

... Silver toys have been made in many countries in the world but nowhere as high a production figure as those made in Holland and Great Britain. The demand for silver toys started in the late 17th century and continued through to the end of the 19th century when for economic reasons and change of fashion the demand for silver toys diminished. However, miniature dolls house toys continued to be made in pewter, wood and brass and today they are still being produced in Holland. The fashion of dolls house was at the origin of this surge of demand. It came from Germany at the end of the 17th century, though models of it had been made for many years before this. In Holland, it became fashionable amongst wealthy young ladies to furnish dolls houses with tiny silver toys which were exact copies of furniture and fittings used in their own homes......
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Welcome to new ASCAS members:

Carlo Crociatelli - Italy
Edward de Landmeter - The Netherlands
Diana Sprout - USA
Dobos Tunde - Slovakia

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Tomago writes:
...I'm researching information about this mark.
Any suggestion will be highly appreciated

I believe it's the mark of an unidentified maker of Latvia.
See my website at
Giorgio Busetto

Robin Gibson writes:
...I am writing about a very pretty jug with very clear markings, but I am at a loss to find anything at all about the maker, when or where it was made.
It is 16cm high lobed in cross section, but otherwise quite plain.
Rd No 524074
If you know who Jason is, I would very much like to know
Kind regards

Janjaap Luijt writes:
...Please find in the attachements pictures of a silver thimble.
There is a lot of discussion about its maker. Some think it's Frisian, others believe it is English or German.
Actually I don't know and any suggestion will be appreciated.
Janjaap Luijt

David Mckinley writes: a spoon that is very like an English mote spoon but was made in Czechoslovakia in 1805/6 in the Austro-Hungarian period.
I am hoping someone can tell me what it was used for.
David Mckinley

Replies to questions

Dan Free receives this answer about his Egyptian mark
(see May 2015 Newsletter)

Danusia Niklewicz writes:
You are correct that these marks are Egyptian, but the Assay Office that has struck these marks was in Cairo not Alexandria.
To answer your question, the letter in this year mark is the letter 't' and with the lotus flower present indicates it was struck sometime from July 1992- August 1993.
Danusia Niklewicz

Richard Mytton-Mills receives this answer about his French spoon
(see June 2015 Newsletter)

Christophe Ginter writes:
The spoon was produced in NANTES (Brittany) in 1750 (date letter F) by a widow: Marie Anne ASSELIN, veuve (widow) François GUILLOU. She worked in Nantes as from 1739 until 1751 (died 1772).
Her mark with initials VG standing for: V (veuve) and G (for GUILLOU).
The other two marks are charge-discharge tax punches.
Finally, you may refer to my article "The Hallmarks of silversmiths' widows in the Kingdom of France (18th century)" that is available on the ASCAS website. ASSELIN's mark illustrated there.
Christophe Ginter


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

Horton & Allday, 1893 advertisement

This month ASCAS presents an ancient advertisement of:


Manufacturing Silversmiths
195 & 196 Warstone Lane

The partnership between Alfred George Horton and Harry Allday began in the 1860s with a factory active at 195/196 Warstone Lane, Birmingham.
After the death of George Horton (1886) the business was carried on by Harry Allday. The firm opened show rooms in London at 6 Arundel Street, Coventry Street, Leicester Square (1893) and at 47, Poland Street, Soho (1913). In 1931 the factory moved to 58, Northampton Street, Birmingham.

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In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
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silver wall sconce, London 1706


This is a type of sconce to be hung on a wall, having a back-plate to reflect the light of one or more candles.
Silver wall sconces, previously unknown in England, became familiar to British during the exile of Charles II in the Low Countries.
They became very popular and fashionable but a scarce number have survived from the late 17th and 18th century.
Toy-sconces in miniature were also common equipment on Dutch and English dollhouses.
The introduction of modern lighting systems stopped the production of wall sconces, although a certain production continues and most examples actually available to meet the needs of old style interior decoration date to the late 19th/early 20th century....



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


This London firm was founded in 1849 by Charles Frederick Hancock (b. 1807 in Birmingham). C.F. Hancock, a previous partner in the firm of Hunt & Roskell, opened his own shop at 39 Bruton Street obtaining soon after a Royal Warrant of Appointment from Queen Victoria (advertising as 'successors of Storr & Mortimer').
The firm had a manufactory workshop (closed in 1897) adjoining his premises in Little Bruton Street and retailed jewellery and silver manufactured by silversmiths as Robert Hennel & Sons, Hayne & Cater, C.T & G. Fox and others......

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Closing our JULY 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 Robin Gibson, Christophe Ginter, Bill Jackman, Janjaap Luijt, David Mckinley, Danusia Niklewicz, Tomago, for their precious contributions.

Giorgio Busetto


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