ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver

newsletter # 170 July 2018
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David McKinley presents:

An Enigmatic Spoon English version

There is nothing remarkable about this spoon, as a spoon! It is a straightforward fiddle pattern table spoon made by Robert Rutland in London and assayed in 1822/3. What is mysterious about this spoon is the way in which it has been marked at Goldsmiths' Hall.
Marking of spoons by this date was done mechanically by means of a fly press, a method of marking which not only made the process much quicker than by the old hand punching method but made sure that the marks would always appear even and in the same order.
On this spoon the marks have been struck twice and it is interesting to speculate on why this might have been. Duplicated marking was very rare and certainly not part of accepted practice so that I have found no references to it in the records at Goldsmiths' Hall in London. For this reason we shall never know beyond doubt why it was done but one can speculate on a possible....
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John Daniel Tilford - USA

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Amanda Parry writes:
...I have a large snuff box which appears to have the mark similar to the subscription period running from 1674 to 1676, the silversmiths applied for the "décharge" of their works marked with the "charge" mark "Y over a fleur de lys", as I'm a novice it may be wrong so would really appreciate your advice
Amanda Parry

Marina Conti writes:
...I'm looking for information about these marks that I have found on an old tray of my grandmother.
Can you help me please?
Thank you
Marina Conti

The maker is Anatolio Henin, Milan, Italy. see my website at
Giorgio Busetto

Don Huestis writes:
...I recently purchased French flatware for 12, a spoon and fork set for "entremets" or hors d'oeuvres, salad or dessert. I bought it from a reputable dealer in Paris. The silversmith mark on this set is "HFres" for Henin et Freres, and my research tells me that this mark was used from 1865 to 1872.
It also has the Minerva mark, which connotes argent massif, or sterling silver.
I have a few curious questions you may be able to answer:
1. Have you seen this type of monogram before? Do you know when they used these and if they very common? It looks like it is pressed metal attached to the piece.
2. At the back of each spoon and fork, behind the Minerva mark, is a strange mark that is more obvious on some pieces than the others. It looks like it's some kind of unintended mark which happened when they were punching the piece. Have you come across something like this? Does this make these pieces "seconds"?
Thanks for any information you can share. .
Marivic Limcaoco

I don't have information about the monogram. The "strange" mark is the bigorne mark, see my website at
Giorgio Busetto

Andrew Scott writes:
...I recently purchased this caddy spoon which was described as by Beatie, Boyer or Bunn or another.
There is no assay office town mark but it is assumed to be London where there are several "IB" silvermarks registered.
The date mark was quoted as 1809 but the bottom of the shield is round and not wavy.
Can you have any more luck identifying the maker or date.
Many thanks
Andrew Scott

The Assay Office is London (missing the leopard's head to prevent duty dodging).
The date is 1809 (the shape of the contour used for small spoons).
There are indeed many silversmiths using IB mark.
The only spoonmaker of the period is John Blake (Grimwade # 1160). Blake entered this mark on 16.5.1803.
Other similar marks: John Bunn (smallworker, 1806), John Brockwell (smw, 1808). I'd exclude Beattie (smw, 1790) and Boyer (smw, 1794).
Giorgio Busetto

Ludo D'Haese writes:
... I'm trying to identify the marks of this item.
Thanks for your help.
Ludo D'Haese

Andrew J. Brasch writes:
... Dear Giorgio, Would you help me who is the silversmith FB?
I believe Czechoslovakian silver pieces are rare from this period ( 1929-1942 ) and I saw FB on other objects.
Thank you so much your help
Andrew J. Brasch

Allen Carlson writes:
... I recently purchased a set of Iron Jensen earrings and a matching Iron brooch by Arno Malinowski.
They are all Iron with Silver ball accents.
I believe that they were made in the early 1940's.
I have looked in all my Jensen books and do not find much information about them.
Maybe one of the members can shed more light on them.
Thank you so very much.
Allen Carlson


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



This month ASCAS presents an ancient advertisement of


The firm was established by Georg Peter Bruckmann (1778-1850) in Heilbronn (Germany) in 1805.
At his death he left a growing and flowering hollowware and flatware manufactory which was managed by his widow and his sons Wolfgang Peter Bruckmann (1818-1891) and Ernst Dietrich Bruckmann (1829-1870).
After the death of Ernst Dietrich Bruckmann the business was continued by his widow Pauline along with Wolfgang Peter Bruckmann.
Later, two sons of Ernst Dietrich Bruckmann entered in the activity: Peter Bruckmann (1865-1937) in 1885 and Ernst Bruckmann in 1887.
Under their guidance the activity developed and in 1898 a new factory, considered the larger German silverware manufactory, was opened in Lerchenstraße.
After the destruction suffered in WWII and the new factory rebuilt after the war the business was sold in 1968 to Gerofabriek NV.
In 1970 the production was transferred in Neckarsulm until 1973 bankruptcy.
The maker's mark for silver wares was the "Eagle with spread wings and legs" while for plated flatware the "Locomotive" symbol was used.


In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
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Legislation over many centuries has attempted to specify the form that verification stamps should take but evidence from collections and museums shows such intentions were rarely achieved.
The system of imperial units or the imperial system (also known as British Imperial or Exchequer Standards of 1825) is the system of units first defined in the British Weights and Measures Act of 1824, which was later refined and reduced. The Imperial units replaced the Winchester Standards, which were in effect from 1588 to 1825. The system came into official use across the British Empire.
The first unambiguous and universal provision that all weights and measures should be stamped was introduced by the Weights and Measures Act, 1834...


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


Gerald Benney was one of the most outstanding and influential British goldsmiths of the second half of the 20th century. During a career spanning more than 50 years, he was the first British craftsman to hold four Royal Warrants simultaneously. His work has had a major impact on the survival of domestic silver in Britain.
Adrian Gerald Sallis Benney (April 21 1930 - June 26 2008) was taught from 1946 to 1948 by Dunstan Pruden, the Roman Catholic ecclesiastical arts and crafts silversmith, at Brighton College of Art, where his father was Principal. At this period his work was initially influenced by the arts and crafts style of his teacher and later, for a brief period, by pre-Second World War modernism.
After military service, from.. MORE...


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: EWART

The crest of the Rev. Peter Ewart, rector of Kirklington, near Bedale, York
The Latin motto is "Nemo vincere potest" (no one can win).
The crest is described as "a hand holding a dagger".
The crest has been found on an unmarked Old Sheffield Plate dome cover.

family crest: EWART

- 1790 -

This table is obtained from The Book of Entries of the Names, Places of abode and Marks of the several Silversmiths and Plate Workers residing in Sheffield, or within twenty miles thereof, who are required to send their goods to the Assay Office, lately established in the Town of Sheffield by an Act of Parliament lately passed in the Thirteenth Year of the Reign of King George the Third intituled:
An Act for appointing Wardens and Assaymasters for
Assaying Wrought Plate in the Towns of Sheffield
and Birmingham

YEAR 1790

Sheffield Assay Office: hallmarks register
Sheffield Assay Office: 1790 hallmarks register
Sheffield Assay Office: 1790 hallmarks register

Closing our July 2018 edition of ASCAS Newsletter I hope you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.

My thanks to Andrew J. Brasch, Allen Carlson, Marina Conti, Ludo D'Haese, Don Huestis, David McKinley, Amanda Parry and Andrew Scott for their precious contributions.

Giorgio Busetto


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