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Sue Jukesy writes:
...Please find attached a picture of an item I am trying to
identify. It is marked on the bottom Fraget W Warszawie and I
think it is silver or silver plated. It is very heavy. Can you
Ben Blonquist writes:
...I am writing to enquire about my six pieces silver tea and
coffee set. I would like to know about its origin.
I send pictures of the complete set and the five marks it has.
Paola Continella writes:
...I'm researching information about the marks of this flatware
set (spoons:20,5 cm. - forks: 21,5 cm.). I believe they are
Dutch but I'd greatly appreciate your help for the
identification of their marks.
Thank you in advance
Your flatware set isn't Dutch but Kingdom of Sardinia (Italy).
They bear these marks:
- Torino (Turin) town mark (bull's head) used in the period
- silver fineness 800/1000 mark (cross of SS. Maurizio and
- maker's mark of silversmith Giovanni Battista Borrani (bull's
head with B and B letters). He belonged (possibly) to Borrani
family (Giuseppe Felice and his son Pietro), renowned Turin
silversmiths and suppliers of Savoy Sovereigns.
Joel Arem writes:
...My wife and I have been acquiring beads for more than 25
years and have discovered in our stock a large box of antique
(19th C?) Chinese silver beads, needle holders, locks, chains
and pendants. I have attached photos of one type of silver bead.
I have been having very little success in getting ANY
information about this material, despite extensive web searching.
I would be grateful to hear from any member who has experience
with or information about old Chinese silver beads and utility
Mike Whitehead writes:
...I've been trying to date a piece I've inherited, with no
success. Please can you help me, in telling me the date and what
the piece is? I've enclosed some pictures including the
hallmarks and the stamp on the bottom.
I've been told it's a 'love cup' is this true?
Wilko Rook writes:
...I found some spoons and a knife on a flea market and I'd wish
to know something about their marks. Any information would be
Spoons are 800/1000 silver made in Germany. The maker is
Koch & Bergfeld - Bremen
Founded in Bremen in 1829 by Gottfried Koch and Ludwig Bergfeld
(born in Hannover). Executed 1900-10 designs by Hugo Leven,
Albin Muller and Henry van de Velde and in the twenties and
thirties by Gustav Elsass and Bernhard Hotger
The firm is still active with a wide production of flatware and
hollowware. (more in
Knife and fork are silver plate made by George Waterhouse & Co,
Sheffield (possibly, 19th century)
Your spoon bears Russian marks, St. Petersburg 1857. I
believe that the maker is Kíveri Abragam Khenrikson and the
assayer Zdvdard Fedorovich Brandenburg (rough translation from
Nancy Zarod writes:
...I have a German fork with the following marks: B for Bruckmann with a train and then a 90. My question is: What was this type of fork
used for? I am baffled by the closed tines. I have never seen such a thing.
Thought maybe someone more expert could help me.
Thank you for your kind consideration.
Replies to questions
receives these replies about his pair of casters
( see April Newsletter)
Giovanni Ciceri writes:
... In my opinion they are not English. The shape of
the casters is quite unusual for the period indicated by
the hallmarks. The hallmarks are not clear enough to
draw a conclusion, but it seems that the lion passant is
not guardant (indicating a date after 1820) and the
leopard head is crowned (indicating a date before 1820).
Alan Yates writes:
Furthermore the position of the duty mark between the
lion passant and the leopard head is not usual in
British hallmarking (the duty mark is usually the last
The hallmarks should be struck on the body of the
casters and on the removable tip. Marks on mobile parts
are usually not completed and include at least the lion
passant (more frequently the lion passant the maker mark
and the duty mark, but very seldom the leopard head).
Pseudo-hallmarks similar to those in use in the UK have
been often found on British Colonial silver, including
some Canadian and USA manufactures in XIX and XX century.
Usually they do not represent a complete set of
hallmarks and are more or less different from the
I hope this can help
... It is most unusual for any quality item to have
well struck marks for silver, assay office, and the
regent but nothing for the date or maker. Has Mr
Staunton considered whether the marks are pseudo marks
and if the castors are in fact Chinese export?
Regarding the absence of the makers mark, I would not
devalue the item unless such mark had been rubbed out of
Why does Mr Staunton suspect that there was once a third
larger castor making up a set of three?
Nicolas Christol receives this reply about the
marks of his spoon
( see April Newsletter)
Janjaap Luijt writes:
... Nicolas Christol's spoon is called a 'jamlepel'
(jam- or marmalade-spoon).
The hook on the handle has to prevent the spoon
of slipping into the jar.
The maker's mark B2V is used by the company
Bijkamp & co. in Steenwijk from 1946 until 1975.
The date letter is g is for 1966.
Met vriendelijke groet,
My tanks to Janjaap for his correction of my
wrong dating of the spoon
supplies an addition to his "TRAVELLING
FOR FAITH" article
( see article # 92)
JAMES BERESFORD SIMPSON (the proprietor of the Travelling Holy
"In the 1881 census, there was a Rev.
James Simpson living at Paxworth Bridge,
a private house in the parish of South
Walsham, Norfolk. There he was assistant
priest. According to the census, he was
born in 1821 in Jamaica. He was
unmarried. His second name does not
appear in the census.
According to the 1908 Crockford, there
was a James Beresford Simpson, who was
curate at South Walsham, Norfolk. I
presume that this was the same as the
man in the census. If so, by 1908, he
would have been aged 87.
Crockford tell us that James Beresford
Simpson was a B.A. of Oxford (Exeter
College) in 1843 and proceeded to M.A.
in 1845. He must have been ordained
straight from university, as Crockford
records that he was made deacon in 1843.
He would have been aged about 22 then.
He was ordained priest three years later
Information gathered and kindly supplied
by Rev. Peter Yerburgh
Vuletic receives this reply
about his unusual item
( see April Newsletter)
Joanne Wiertella writes:
...Yes, this is a matchbox
holder. I checked with a friend
whose husband is a collector of
Match Strikes. This container
was intended to hold a box of
matches. Often, though not
always, there will be some place
on the item (that is scored or
ribbed) on which to strike the
PAGE per MONTH"
this column we present a page
obtained from makers' brochures,
books, auction catalogs,
advertising or whatever other
printed paper related to silver,
which may be of interest for
The images will be published at
a "low resolution" level and for
private and personal use only
This month ASCAS
presents a leaflet
advertising by PARKER
BROTHERS, 13 & 15 Winter
Street, Boston, circa
1870, Importers and
Dealers in Fancy Goods,
Jewelry, Toys, Silver
Plated Ware, Pocket
Books & Albums
WORD per MONTH"
this column we presents an
abstract from a page of the "What
is? Silver Dictionary"
It is a vessel with
notched rims used to
cool drinking glasses.
The monteith became
popular during the last
two decades of the
It may have a fixed or
detachable collar with
series of scallops,
vertical or bent
outwards, so that wine
cups can be suspended by
the foot allowing the
bowl to be cooled by
immersion in iced
BOOK ON MY SHELF"
this column we present books,
new or ancient, dealing with
silver in all its aspects (history,
marks, oddities...). This isn't
a "book review" but only a fair
presentation of some useful "tools"
that anyone may have in the
shelf of his bookcase.
ASCAS members are invited to
contribute to this column
(click to enlarge images)
The "book on the shelf" of
this month is presented by Karin
THE STORY OF GARRARD'S
GOLDSMITHS & JEWELLERS TO SIX
SOVEREIGNS IN THREE CENTURIES
Stanley Paul & Co, London,
our MAY 2008 edition of ASCAS
Newsletter I hope you have
appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and
advice will be of great help.
to Joel Arem, Ben Blonquist,
Dorothea Burstyn, Giovanni
Ciceri, Paola Continella, Jayne
Dye, Sue Jukesy, Janjaap Luijt,
Robert Massart, Wilko Rook,
Karin Sixl-Daniell, Mike
Whitehead, Joanne Wiertella,
JoAnne Wilkinson, Jack F.
Wilson, Alan Yates
Nancy Zarod for their
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