ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver

newsletter # 168 May 2018
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A new article for ASCAS website

Katherine Palthey presents:

Jade Bracelet: Examining a vintage silver 835 jade bracelet English version

Vintage silver jewelry has become very collectable today and if examined closely can help us identify its origins. In France, the hallmarks on silver jewelry are punched in very specific places. For example, French silver bracelets are hallmarked on the locks, plaques and any plaques in between. In our case, this vintage silver and Jade bracelet shows both French and German hallmarks. Examining these hallmarks near and on the clasp help tell us more of its interesting origin.....
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New members

Welcome to new ASCAS members:

Stephen Fish - England UK
Paul Micio - France
Fek Neim - USA
William Roberts - Canada

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Paola Bertelli writes:
...I was wondering if you could help me identify a silver marking that is on a tray. I cannot find this anywhere.
Thank you so much!!
Paola bertelli

Your tray bear Italian hallmark, 800/1000 silver fineness in use from 1872 to 1935. The maker is Anatolio Henin, (see
Giorgio Busetto

Robin Gibson writes:
...I trust you might shed some light on the marks shown in the attached images. Curiously the Four Star brand uses 5 stars
Kind regards
Robin Gibson

Beehive is probably a trade mark of Slater Brothers, see my website at

Four Star is probably a trade mark of William Batt, see my website at
Giorgio Busetto

Pierre Saric writes:
...I'm trying to identify the marks of this spoon
Your help would be highly appreciated

Pierre Saric


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 image from a 1931 invoice of


The firm was founded in 1874 by Emil Keller in Solingen (Germany).
In 1881 Richard Heimendhal entered as partner in the business. The firm moved to the nearby city of Hilden where was active until 1976 in Eichenstraße and later in Herderstraße.
The firm production included a wide array of flatware patterns including Elite, Alpha, Exquisit and Fontana.
Heimendhal & Keller AG used trademarks ALBATAN, FERRO CROMA, GRANIT, HAKA and MARS.

Heimendhal & Keller AG. - Hilden Heimendhal & Keller AG. - Hilden


In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
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In the 1950s Italian silverware production grew exponentially obtaining a worldwide success. A myriad of new factories and small workshops were opened and flourished domestic and international silverware business.
In this context some manufacturers continued the practice to use, next to the official hallmarks (800 and lozenge), one or more pseudo-hallmarks similar to those used in the 19th century in pre-unification states.
These pseudo-hallmarks were intended to embellish decorative objects made in 19th century style. This practice was widely used by Bruno Zaramella factory, a large manufacture operating in Padova/Padua, a town near Venezia/Venice in Veneto region.
The coexistence of the modern marks excluded fraudulent objectives and the pseudo marks were intended only as a token of the inheritance to the ancient local tradition in silver workmanship.
Obviously, these "modern" objects were sold by Jewelry dealers and not through Antiques Shops...


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


The beginning of the firm is controversial. A trace leads to Marquand & Poulding, who began their partnership in Savannah, Georgia in 1801. In 1810 Isaac Marquand moved to New York consolidating the company with several other firms.
Another trail refers to Marquand & Barton, founded in 1810 in New York's Maiden Lane by Erastus Barton and Frederick Marquand.
The firm added and lost partners numerous times and in 1823 became Marquand & Co (late Marquand & Gelston).
Later two store clerks (William Black and Henry Ball) joined to the business and in 1836 Erastus O. Tompkins and J.D. Williams were admitted to the firm, In 1839 the name was changed to Ball, Tompkins & Black moving to a new building at 247 Broadway (1848).
In 1851 the company was one of the few American retailers admitted to participate to the London Great Exhibition. In the same year, when the name was changed to Ball, Black & Co (as a partnership of Henry Ball, William D. Black and Ebenezer Moore), there was no doubt that the firm was the leading jewelry house in the nation.... 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: LOWNDES

The crest of Lowndes family (Buckinghamshire and Cheshire).
The motto is "Ways and Means".
The crest is described as "a leopard's head, erased at neck, gorged with a laurel-branch".
The crest has been found on a sterling silver vesta case hallmarked Birmingham 1888, maker T. & J. Bragg Ltd.

vesta case with family crest: LOWNDES
hallmark on vesta case with family crest: LOWNDES

- 1788 -

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 1788

Sheffield Assay Office: hallmarks register
Sheffield Assay Office: 1789 hallmarks register
Sheffield Assay Office: 1789 hallmarks register

Closing our May 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 Paola Bertelli, Robin Gibson, Katherine Palthey and Pierre Saric for their precious contributions.

Giorgio Busetto


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