Katherine Palthey presents:
Marie Antoinette's Second Necessaire
Solving a 200 years old mystery
One of the most famous Necessaires in France belonged to
the Queen of France, Marie Antoinette (1755-1793), and
is displayed in the International Perfume Museum of
The IPM of Grasse recently underwent major renovation
and has reopened with over 50,000 objects in its
collection. It is organized into 5 sections, each
dedicated to a different theme and country tracing back
over the last 4000 years.
The Museum covers every aspect of the history of
fragrance, materials, manufacturing, industry, business
and design, and is nestled in the luxury perfume capital
Welcome to new ASCAS members:
Attilio Canta - Italy
Jason Davies - South Africa
Chen Fang - Usa
Doris Gentry - Usa
Christopker McConnell - England UK
Steve Naylor - Canada
George Whisstock - Usa
Shelly Mitchell writes:
...I'm just wondering if you are able to help me with markings
on a candelabra I have.
Some markings I can see are AI, EP in a shield, T L over & over
B X, and two others which aren't clear.
Hoping you can help.
Christophe Ginter writes:
...Maybe one ASCAS fellow should know more on the following
Irish master with initials TD, first half of the XIXth century.
Many thanks in advance for his name, location and registration
Massimo Simonato writes:
...I wondering if you know anything about these pocket watch
bearing marks I'm unable to identify coupled with German marks (crescent
The mark is: Switzerland, 875/1000, period 1882-1934.
Christophe Ginter writes:
ref. Bob Charters' request,
(1) this date letter S applies to AUGSBURG 1807,
(2) Seethaler is not a retailer but a silversmith:
Johann Alo´s SEETHALER, active in Augsburg 1796-1835.
Cheryl Winkley writes:
The item shown (please note the small size) is mid 20th
century shaker-type salt spoon made by prominent Navajo
silversmith Kenneth Begay.
The same basic design was also produced by other silversmiths
associated with the White Hogan shop.
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 an ancient advertisement
of Theodore B. Starr, New York
THEODORE B. STARR
204 Fifth Ave. MADISON SQUARE, New York
IMPORTER AND MANUFACTURER
Choice Diamonds, Rare Pearls, Rubies, Sapphires,
Emeralds, Gold Jewelry, Silver Jewelry, Stone Cameos,
Traveling Clocks, Chime Clocks, Mantels sets,
Candelabra, Artistic Bronzes, Decorative Porcelain
The firm was in business c. 1900-1924 and was
succeeded by Reed & Barton
"A WORD per MONTH"
MINT JULEP CUP
The Mint Julep originated in the southern United
States, probably during the early 19th century.
It is a drink made with four ingredients: mint leaf,
bourbon, sugar, and water.
Spearmint is the mint of choice used in Southern states,
and in Kentucky in particular, and traditionally Mint
Juleps were served in silver or pewter cups held only by
the bottom and top edges of the cup. This allows frost
to form on the outside of the cup......
"A SILVERSMITH per MONTH"
FATTORINI & SONS - THOMAS FATTORINI - THOMAS
FATTORINI & SONS LTD - FRANK FATTORINI & SON LTD
The business was founded by
Antonio Fattorini (1797-1860), an Italian who in 1829
was listed in Leeds as jeweller & hardware dealer at 18
Bazaar, Central Market.
In 1831 he set up a shop in Harrogate, Yorkshire, dubbed
"Oriental Lounge" trading in jewellery and bric-a-brac.
Later he moved to Bradford, taking a large building at
28 Kirkgate trading under the style "Fattorini & Sons".
During and slightly beyond Antonio's lifetime, the
activity was advertised as "Fattorini & Sons, goldsmiths,
Skipton, Harrogate and Bradford". The branch of Skipton
was opened in 1848 by Innocent Fattorini (1830-74),
continuing the activity of his father-in-law Baldassarre
Porri (another Italian, who began his activity in 1827.
Much later and when active in Birmingham, Fattorini
Skipton branch referred to 1827 as its founding date).
Harrogate was managed by Antonio (II) Fattorini
(1837-1913) and Bradford by John (1832-1909) and Edward
Closing our MAY 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 Christophe Ginter, Claude Guilloteau, Marco
Iannantuono, Shelly Mitchell, Katherine Palthey, Douglas B.
Shand, Massimo Simonato and Cheryl Winkley for their precious
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