ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver

newsletter # 156 May 2017
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Christine Erratt presents:

A Loving Cup overflowing with intrigue
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silver loving cup, Matthew Boulton and John Fothergill, Birmingham 1773

This loving cup holds an interesting provenance yet, at first glance, there is nothing particularly different or fancy about its appearance.
Loving cups have a varied history dating back centuries. They were oftentimes given as christening presents in the 18th and 19th century and this loving cup has that exact history.
Made near Birmingham by the manufacturing business of Matthew Boulton and John Fothergill, the cup bears the hallmarks of the first year of the Birmingham Assay Office - 1773. Boulton (1728-1809) was a key figure in the lobbying of Parliament to open an assay office in Birmingham.
Birmingham is a city located in the Midlands of England and is a highly industrialised area, being noted for manufacturing from 1730 to the present day. In 18th century, Birmingham had a reputation for silversmiths, commonly called "Toy Makers" , who made everyday items such as buckles, snuff boxes, caddy spoons and trinkets. Matthew Boulton's father was one such toy maker. In 1749, at the age of 21, Matthew entered into partnership with his father. By the mid-1750s he was effectively running the business. His father retired in 1757 and Matthew took full control of the toymaking business. He inherited wealth not only from the estate of his father, who died in 1759, but also from the vast estate of his first wife who died a year later in 1760.....
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Erik Pollard writes:
...I recently purchased this item. I did not know what it is was but I really liked the item. I have been told a couple different things. Most everyone I asked had no idea. The best answer I received was from a Russian imperial era expert who told me that it was a Russian egg cup.
I was told the inscription said "god is risen" after much research.
I am aware of all the fake silver Russian items being sold today. However I did purchase this for nearly free and it was not off ebay.
I was told it was traveling vodka beakers and traveling chalice.
I really would love to know more about this item even if it is a fake or not.
Thank you for your time
Erik Pollard
Daniel Thuriaux

Francesco Rossi writes:
...I need information about the mark of this small silver comport (high cm. 11, wide cm. 13). The "84" suggests a Russian origin.
Best regards
Francesco Rossi

Andrew J. Brasch writes:
I'm looking for any possible information about this silver goblet from Tallin ( Revel ), late 18th-19th century.
Andrew J. Brasch

Barb Evans writes:
Can you identify the silver manufacturer or country for this tankard with possibly reproduction Guldengroschen coins.
The bottom is marked 800 and an AB in a cartouche
Barb Evans

The style of the tankard and the "800" suggests German origin (possibly a Hanau silver, see )
Giorgio Busetto

Johannes Wilfred writes:
...Can help me out with these marks? Is it metal, silver plated or something else?
Thank you in advance,
Johannes Wilfred

A silverplate salver made by Roberts & Slater, Sheffield, see my website at )
Giorgio Busetto


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

This month ASCAS presents an ancient advertisement of

              BRIDGEPORT CONN.

E.H.H. Smith Silver Co, ancient advertisement
The firm was active from early 1900s and obtained a US Trademark Patent in 1905.
First listing in Bridgeport City Directory in 1907.
E.H.H. Smith Silver Co was succeeded by Albert Pick Company in 1920.


In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
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A small vessel with a rim shaped to fit round the eye, used for applying medicated or cleansing solutions to the eyeball. Most of these utensils rested on a stemmed foot.

There are eye baths of all types, from the most mundane plastic example to the beautiful porcelain and silver eye baths produced by such well-known manufacturers as Meissen, Sèvres, Derby and Wedgwood.

Silver eye baths were sometimes a unit of the silver toilet service or were kept separate in a hinged case... MORE...

Images and information courtesy George Sturrock, author of Eye Baths: an illustrated survey
Millstream Books, 18 The Tyning, Bath BA2 6AL - email


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


David Hotchkiss (1796-1874) was a silversmith active in Palmira (New York) c. 1840.
From 1854 to 1857 Hotchkiss was partner in Syracuse NY of Norton, Seymour & Co with Benjamin R. Norton and Joseph Seymour.
In 1853 Andrew B. Schreuder entered in partnership with Francis A, Bunnelle as Bunnelle & Schreuder, manufacturers of solid silver flatware.
In 1857 David Hotchkiss and Andrew B. Schreuder created a new partnership Hotchkiss & Schreuder, silver wholesale manufacturers at 95 Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY continuing the production of some of the patterns manufactured by Bunnelle & Schreuder. The partnership lasted until 1871 and Andrew B. Schreuder continued in business alone.... 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: ROBERTSON

The crest of Robertson family.

The Latin motto is 'Virtutis Gloria Merces' (Glory is the recompense of valour)

The crest is described as 'a dexter hand holding up an imperial crown'

The crest was found on a silverplate ladle of unidentified maker

unidentified mark on silverplate ladle with Robertson family crest
silverplate ladle with Robertson family crest

- 1776 -

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 1776

Sheffield Assay Office: 1776 hallmarks register
Sheffield Assay Office: 1776 hallmarks register
Sheffield Assay Office: 1776 hallmarks register

Closing our May 2017 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, Christine Erratt, Barb Evans, Erik Pollard, Francesco Rossi and Johannes Wilfred for their precious contributions.

Giorgio Busetto


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