ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver newsletter # 96 May 2012 SITE MAP
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Sterling mark of Peter Harache II (unregistered)
David McKinley presents:

Further revelations concerning the Harache workshop English version

Recent research into members of the Harache family of goldsmiths who left France in the 17th century and settled in London has revealed that a Peter Harache of Little Newport Street was dealing with Richard Hoare the banker between 1697 and 1705. According to E. Alfred Jones writing in The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs about casters made by him for Hoare, "In 1697 he made a set of 'the common sort with heads graved, 41oz. 19dwt'".....
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Welcome to new ASCAS members:

Erika Basso - Belgium & Italy
Elizabet A. Clough - USA
Craig Dorman - USA
James S. Harris - USA
Carol J Krieks - USA
Kirk Williams - USA
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Fragment of Wellner ash-tray produced in Amsterdam
Dr. David Nikogosyan presents:

Marks of European Silver Plate: XI. Wellner, Holland English version

One of the mistakes often occurring on auction is the incorrect attribution of silver plated objects with the one-word mark "Wellner" to the Aue factory August Wellner & Sons. In reality, these items were made in Amsterdam by the branch company Wellner Zilver Fabrieken N.V. (in English Wellner Silver Factories joint-stock company). According to my previous paper in Member?s Window, from 1926-1927 the mark of the Aue factory August Wellner & Soehne was changed to "Original Wellner", in order to distinguish the items made by Wellner branches in Amsterdam and Milano from those made in Aue......
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Dr. David Nikogosyan recently updated the tenth issue of his series on Marks of European Silver Plate: Wellner Marks, adding images of two newly-found marks.

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David Mckinley writes:
...Dear Giorgio,
I have recently re-opened my research file on The Gatcombe Cup which is an important piece of 16th century English plate around which is considerable mystery.
It is an exceptionally well made piece but it is the only piece so far discovered with its particular maker's mark on it.
Because of its quality one would expect to find this maker's mark on much other silver of the period but to date none has come to light in this country. The reason may be that it could be of German origin (possibly Nuremberg). Jackson-(Pickford edition, p91) describes it as "a spray of leaves'. Picture attached.
I would be most grateful if you will publish this picture and ask if any member can identify it.
With all good wishes,
David Mckinley

Emil Fonfoneata writes:
... Could somebody help me with identifying the stamp on a cigarette box and a cocktail shaker (design Sylvia Stave)?
The maker, period and country (PV 0,835).
Emil Fonfoneata

Marc Deconinck writes:
... I have some cutlery pieces and I'd wish to add some more pieces to the set.
Could you please supply information about the maker's name (the mark is LB)?
However it is marked 800, I was told that it's only plated?
Best regards
Marc Deconinck
I believe that your pieces are 800/1000 silver fineness. I trust on the help of ASCAS members for the identification of the maker.
Giorgio Busetto

Alan Yates writes:
... I research information about the origin of these small sauce ladles.
Possibly they are Chinese pseudo hallmarks?
Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated
Alan Yates

Martin Folb writes:
... I have an American cut glass biscuit jar with a silver lid bearing the mark shown in the Photo.
Any idea on the maker?
Any idea on the initials on the lid? I think they say FCT
Martin Folb
The maker is Whiting Manufacturing Co (see my website at
In my opinion the initials of the owner(s) are FCAT, but I have no idea about their meaning.
Giorgio Busetto

Replies to questions

Robin Holmes receives this answer about his christening set
(see April 2012 Newsletter)
Alan Yates writes:
... Richard Holmes, writing from South Africa, my home too, asked for information on an elaborately decorated fork and spoon. It looked Continental to me, and looked a good weight too. I referred to my 1985 edition of Tardy's International Hallmarks on Silver and it would seem that the hallmark is Oporto, Portugal, 1870/1877.
I forgot to add that the guaranteed minimum purity of the silver made prior to 1886 is 750 parts per 1000.
Alan Yates
Oskar M. Zurell writes:
... Here in short my answer: "crowned P in a shield" = Porto, in Portugal: 1877-1881 in use by the assayer Guilherme Guedes Mancilha. (Vol. I (XV c - 1887), page 14, number 133)
The fineness in this case would be the minimum fineness of '10 dinheiro' = 833-1,000.
"IC" mark in a horizontal rectangle was registered in Porto in 1865, by the assayer Vicente Manuel de Moura.
for the maker of the fork and spoon: Josť Jo„o Cardoso, from Porto (Vol. I -XV c - 1887-, page 108, number 1046).
This "IC" maker's mark was found on articles assayed in Porto in the period from 1877 to 1881. (Vol. I -XV c - 1887-, page 332, notice on number 1046).
Source: "Marcas de Contrastes e Ourives Portugueses" ISBN 972-27-0773-6. Vol. I (XV c - 1887). 4th edition (Reprint of 3rd edition) 1997, Lisbon.
Kind regards,
Oskar M. Zurell


In this column we present 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
an ancient trade card of The Boston Silver Company
This month ASCAS presents an ancient trade card of:


manufacturers of


Little is known of this manufacturer, active circa 1890-1910 at Bridgeport, Conn. (factory) and at 715 Washington St, Boston (office)


In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
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silver tea caddy Queen Anne


The tea caddy or canister is a closed container used at a tea table as part of the tea service.
The earliest tea caddies belong to the early 18th century but the use of these objects spread rapidly.
The word caddy seem to derive from the Malay kati a weight equivalent to 1 1/5 lb, and as tea was sold by the kati the name became by transference that of the case in which it was bought.
Anyway it's doubtful whether the use of the word caddy in this sense dates before the end of the 18th century. Canister was certainly the name used previously and is found as early as 1711 in an advertisement of the London Gazette..... more


In this column we present marks, information and history of silversmiths and silver manufacturers.
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Hukin & Heath, silverware


The firm, active as manufacturing silversmiths and electroplaters, was established in Birmingham in 1855. In 1875 the firm entered its mark in Birmingham Assay Office, while in 1879 the founders Jonathan Wilson Hukin and John Thomas Heath entered their mark in London Assay Office....... more



In 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
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In the "book on my shelf" of this month ASCAS presents:
a book per month: Treasurers of the 20th Century

Treasures of the 20th Century

Silver, Jewellery and medals from the 20th Century Collection of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
The Goldsmiths' Company
London MM
This is the catalog of the exhibition of pieces from the extensive 20th Century collection of silver, jewellery and art medals maintained by The Goldsmith's Company. There are over 1500 pieces from the 20th century alone, however, 569 of them are included in this exhibition. Many of these works were specially commissioned by The Goldsmith's Company, whose mission is to encourage the production of works like these from English craftsmen. Each piece is illustrated in color, including a number of full-page plates. The works are arranged by decade. The book includes a history of the "Ascot Cup Competition" and the story of the beginnings of the modern silver collection that the Company maintains to this day. All manner of objects are in the collection including: trophies and cups, silver services, flatware, boxes and other 'objets de vertu', jewelry and medals. Every significant British designer is represented in the collection.


In this column we present images and descriptions of Crests and Mottoes of British, Irish and Scottish families as engraved on silver items.


The Harvey family crest

A family of Thorpe, Norfolkshire.
The crest is described as "a dexter hand ensigned by a crescent reversed".
The Latin motto is Alteri, si tibi (To another, if to thee)
The crest was found on a couple of salt spoons hallmarked London, 1815, by William Eley I and William Fearn (mark as spoonmakers entered on 6.10.1814)

William Eley I and William Fearn mark on salt spoons with Harvey family crest

salt spoons with Harvey family crest

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Closing our May 2012 edition of ASCAS Newsletter I hope you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.

My thanks to Marc Deconinck, Martin Folb, Emil Fonfoneata, David McKinley, Dr. David Nikogosyan, Alan Yates for their invaluable contributions.

Giorgio Busetto
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