ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silvernewsletter # 132 May 2015 SITE MAP

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Two fine examples of German chairs

Bill Jackman presents:

Antique Silver Chairs in Miniature English version

Research has shown that silver miniature chairs, along with many other silver miniatures items, were made in abundance in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), from 1725-75.
The first dolls' house was introduced into Holland from Germany in the 17th century and this accelerated the demand of silver chairs to furnish these small masterpieces of craftsmanship.
The main customers were the wealthy ladies of Dutch families and there was great rivalry to furnish their dolls' house with the best silver furniture and equipment.
Large dolls' houses had 12 rooms and all of which required at least one silver chair.
The production of silver toys in Amsterdam increased to satisfy the request internal and from abroad. The export of silver miniatures from the Netherlands continues today, though the numbers of silversmiths have vastly decreased......
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Welcome to new ASCAS members:

John W Gray - USA
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Daniel Promach writes:
...I have this cross for many years and do not know if it is original in the Vatican!
It has stamp on this side, and the capsule in the wooden cross is also stamped!
I have some documents (letters 1845) that says that this cross was donated by Pope Gregor XVI to Mr. Kolb, German Ambassador in Vatican.
Could it be possible?
Hoping you can help me, thank you very much!
Your sincerely
Daniel Promach

Your item is a reliquary. The mark is the ancient mark of Papal State (stato Pontificio). It was used, with many variants until 1870. It's probably a gift of representation to the German Ambassador.
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Giorgio Busetto

Christophe Ginter writes:
... maybe an ASCAS member could usefully advise me on the attached silversmith quoted 1814-1831 in Brussel.
Presumably two marks according to the size of the silver item (first with CB, the second one with B).
Many Thanks in advance,
Christophe Ginter

Dan Free writes:
...I have an Egyptian .900 silver item with the Alexandria assay mark and the "Lotus Bud" (1946 and after) national mark.
The year mark is an Arabic letter. Does anyone know what year this represents?
Dan Free

Derek Jones writes:
...I have these old Hanoverian rat tail design spoons that have me puzzled as to what the country of origin might be and who the makers are.
The larger one that is engraved with the year 1730 has the makers initials I B, which I assume is the old English style for J B.
The smaller one, which has no engraved date, has the initials C A.
I have looked at every site that I could think of without success so hope that you or one of your world-wide members may be able to supply an answer.
Thank you
Derek Jones

David Boddy writes:
...I am sending you 4 pics of a Dutch silver mustard pot I purchased a few years ago and wonder if you can perhaps identify the marks on its base and a possible date/country of origin.
In addition to the marks on the base of the pot there is a tax mark for locally made silverware in the form of a fish with scales in a shaped shield next to the hinge and on the inside of the lid.
I am pretty certain it is Dutch but any info you or your readers can provide will be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks and kind wishes
David Boddy
Cape Town
South Africa

Pascal Drion writes:
... I'm researching information about these silver knives.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Pascal Drion

French hallmarks 1819-1838, see my website at I'm unable to identify the makers
Giorgio Busetto

Jolyon Warwick James writes
... I wonder if anyone can identify this mark? I know of three examples in Australia - which does not, of course, mean it is necessarily Australian.
It is a fiddle pattern table spoon bearing the initials "C"
Jolyon Warwick James

Replies to questions

Carole Thomas receives this answer to her silver belt
(see April 2015 Newsletter)

Jose Luis Muñoz writes
The silversmith is Gabriel Larriva, with factory in the street de Armas, 21 from June 13, 1868. Secretary of the College of silversmiths between 1868 and 1872. Trustee of silversmiths in 1874.
The assayer is Merino Antonio Giménez, appointed assayer at the death of Rafael Martos in 1881. He died in 1913
About the belt I can only add that it was manufactured in 1888.
Jose Luis Muñoz


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


Plateria D. Garcia: saleroom at Esparteros, 16 and 18, Madrid

This month ASCAS presents an ancient image of the shop/showroom:


Dionisio García Gómez was a renowned Madrid silversmith in the first half of the 20th century. After his apprenticeship to silversmith DH Adradas he opened his own workshop in calle Fernán Nuñez. Soon after, he became Royal Silversmith to the King Alfonso XIII and moved to Ferraz 17, where the factory operated with a hundred of workers. Continuing his success and expansion, in 1920 he opened a store in calle de la Sal, 2 and 8, and later in Esparteros, 16 and 18. Dionisio García Gómez died in 1925, at the age of 37, leaving a thriving business to his widow Doña Carmen Marquis and to his sons Dionysius, Luis Rafael (Faluchi) and Fernando.
The management of the business was assumed by D. Antonio Sánchez Fernández, the then chief of the staff and personal friend of Dionisio.
The factory continued to expand its activity, opening two more salerooms in Barcelona (calle de Fernando, 6 and calle Fontanella, 18). A new building was constructed to host a larger factory in calle Juan de la Hoz, 6 (with more than 200 employees) and another store was opened in Madrid (Príncipe, 10).
The company, to support its workers, created a consumer cooperative, a mutual aid society, an Academy of free education and a library. Plateria D. Garcia can be considered a family business since many family members worked in the firm. By 1981 the company went bankrupt having to close both the factory and the shops.
His best known mark is an amphora inside an oval and the oldest pieces bear the inscription "D. García".
(information and images: courtesy Jose Luis Muñoz)

This image is part of the FACTORIES, PLANTS, SALESROOMS, SHOPS AND WORKSHOPS: OLD IMAGES section of website


In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
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1847 Rogers Bros: 1955 advertisement


Rogers is a recurrent name in American makers of coin, sterling and silverplate ware. There is a great confusion about the firms bearing this name. The number of companies using the Rogers name is countless. The men managing the various "Rogers" companies sometimes were linked by family relationships but often this was not the case. Lots of companies with this name were created, merged, separated in an endless succession of intertwined relationships. In 1862 Meriden Britannia Company bought the hollowware division, tools and dies of Rogers Brothers Mfg Co (incorporating Rogers, Smith & Co). The production of the '1847 Rogers Bros' line continued under the direction of William Rogers and in 1865 the plating shop was transferred from New Haven to Meriden and merged with Meriden Britannia Co in 1866....




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


William Eley I was the son of George Eley and was apprenticed to William Fearn in 1770. His first mark was registered in 1778 in partnership with George Pierrepont (46 Little Bartholomew Close).
Soon after William Eley I registered various marks alone in 1778 (4 New Street, Cloth Fair and 2 George Street, Martins-le-Grand), 1785, 1790 and 1795 (14 Clerkenwell Green).
Marks in partnership with William Fearn were registered in 1797 (14 Clerkenwell Green) and 1802 (1 Lovell's Court, Paternoster Row).
In 1808 William Chawner entered in the partnership and a new mark was entered with the initials of William Eley I, William Fearn and William Chawner.
In 1814 William Chawner left the partnership and new marks of William Eley I and William Fearn were entered in 1814 and 1824.
William Eley I had three sons, William II, Charles and Henry. All were apprenticed to their father and became silversmiths.......

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Closing our MAY 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 David Boddy, Pascal Drion, Dan Free, Christophe Ginter, Bill Jackman, Derek Jones, Jose Luis Muñoz and Daniel Promach, for their precious contributions.

Giorgio Busetto


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