ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver        newsletter # 84 May 2011     SITE MAP
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Coconut, Brazil 19th century
Ricardo Ferreira presents:

Silver Manufacture in Brazil  English version
.....Since the beginning of colonization, silver has occupied an important place in Brazilian society, being the preferred metal for the decoration of homes and churches, but until the early seventeenth century there is no record of the existence of silverware made in Brazil. The settlers were engaged only in exporting sugar, hardwoods, and spices to Portugal.....

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Welcome to new ASCAS members:  

Marc August - USA
Robin Carter - South Africa
Cynthia Costa - USA
William & Jacquelyn Gauner - USA
Paula M. Habib - USA
Neal Mallory - USA
Gustav Meyer - Jersey
Brad Olson - USA
Craig Smyth - England UK
Nitin Soni - India
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Dufva mark in use at least between 1910 and 1912
Prof. David N. Nikogosyan presents:

Marks of European Silver Plate: VIII. Dufva, Sweden  English version

This small article devoted to Axel Gabriel Dufva enterprise, one of the oldest silver-plate factories in Europe. It was opened in 1847, simultaneously with other more famous foundries founded by Hermann Krupp & Alexander von Schoeller in Berndorf (1843), Charles Christofle in Paris (1844), Karl August Wellner in Aue, Saxony (1854).....

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Henry Chawner 1792
Joanne and Emmett Eldred present:

Collecting George III Silver Teapots and Stands  English version

Why would someone choose to collect George III silver teapots and stands? Why that period, and why such a narrow focus? For us the answer is fairly straightforward.
First relates to size. Silver teapots and stands are small so they are easily portable, and flexible to display. Having at various times collected 18th century American furniture, oriental rugs, and contemporary paintings, it became apparent that space is something that one must consider when collecting. Even with two houses, there is need for a relatively few pieces of furniture (e.g., highboys, secretaries, tables, etc), a limited amount of floor area for rugs, and modest wall space for hanging paintings. However, silver teapots and stands can easily be displayed in numerous places, such as on mantels, inside secretaries, on display shelves, or on top of a variety of furniture surfaces......

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Sue Rain writes:
...I wondered if you could give me any information about the mirror illustrated in my attachments.
Many thanks for any help you can provide.
Sue Rain
The mirror is marked Birmingham, 1916. The maker is Synyer & Beddoes -Harry Synyer & Charles Joseph Beddoes- (see my web site at
Giorgio Busetto

Melissa Magid writes:
...I have a silver tea strainer with Italian Marking '51 TO' and an unidentified maker's mark. Do you have any idea who the maker might be?
Thanks in advance for your help.
Melissa Magid
The maker is Cottie Cesare fu Michele. See further information in my web page at
I used your images to illustrate the mark.
Giorgio Busetto

Paul Skippen writes:
...I have included the photos of an object which is a bit of a puzzle. Can your readers throw any light on it for me? It measures 6cm x 1.3cm.
The glass inserted in the end is a magnifier. The other end looks like it should go onto a chatelaine.
I was told it is probably a sewing aid, i.e. an early stitch counter.
It is hallmarked for Adie & Lovekin (Birmingham) 1896.
Any help would be appreciated.
Paul Skippen

Giampiero Ierbulla writes:
...I send the photos of two silver bracelets that I have just cleaned. Possibly, these objects were purchased in Ethiopia around 1936.
Do you have any idea what they are?
Thanks for your help.
Giampiero Ierbulla

Leigh Ann Gherson writes:
...I am enjoying your website.I would like to know if any of your members can identify these marks on this tray. I thought it was French at first, but I have questions about the "Vieillard" mark, as this appears different.
Kind Regards,
Leigh Ann Gherson

Replies to questions

Martin Healy receives these answers about his silver watch 
(see July 2009 Newsletter)
Luuk Goldhoorn writes:
... In your news letter 62 (July 2009) Martin Healy asked about a watch made by Weill and Harburg.
Attached is a letter head of this firm. They were also importers of musical boxes.
Luuk Goldhoorn

Claudio Morelli receives these answers about his tray and salt cellars 
(see April 2011 Newsletter)
Charles C. Cage writes:
... Claudio Morelli's tray and salt cellars are Italian. The faint bust is the head of Partenope, the mark used in the Kingdom of Naples while under Napoleonic rule (and a little later), 1808-1824. "5" represents the fifth standard of .834 silver. (4th standard was .917 silver, and 1st-3rd standards were for gold.) Unfortunately, the maker's mark "GF, under a branch" is not listed in either V. Donaver & R. Dabbene's Argenti italiani dell'800, vol. 2: Punzoni di argentieri italiani (Milan: San Gottardo, 1989) or Elio & Corrado Catello's Marchi dell'Argenteria Napoletani dal XVI al XIX secolo (Sorrento: Franco Di Mauro, 1996). It should be noted that the piece is not necessarily from Naples, but could be from one of the other cities of the kingdom: Aquila, Bari, Campobasso, Chieti Foggia, Lecce, etc.
Charles C. Cage
Fausto de Longis writes:
... About the question of Claudio Morelli: the mark is Napoli c. 1808. The maker is, possibly, Gaetano Ferraro or Giovanni Fumo
Fausto de Longis

Karen A. Lottie receives this answer about his spoon 
(see April 2011 Newsletter)
Charles C. Cage writes:
... Karen A. Lottie's spoon is Norwegian. "Fhd" is the city mark of Fredrikshald (now Halden), and the maker "HH" is Hans Hansen. He was born in Odense around 1808 and trained there. He became a citizen of Fredrikshald/Halden in 1836, but his citizenship was terminated in 1848; he is probably the same Hans Hansen who was working later in nearby Sarpsborg and died there in 1883. "13 ¼" is the fineness in lodd: 13.25/16 or .828. "1837", of course, is the year. Ref: Jorunn Fossberg, Norske Sølvstempler (Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, 1994), pp. 27 (mark 97), 34 (mark 74) & 37.
Charles C. Cage


An appeal of
The Goldsmiths' Company Assay Office logo

SAVE THE HALLMARK! an appeal of The Goldsmiths Company Assay Office

There is a real danger that hallmarking in the UK could be abolished as part of a new initiative launched by the Government on 7 April 2011 called the Red Tape Challenge.
To prevent this 700 year old tradition disappearing overnight, The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office urges you to register your support for hallmarking on the Red Tape website:


The Red Tape Challenge has started by examining the retail sector and asking the electorate for their views on topics as diverse as ‘Sunday Trading’ and ‘Trading with the Enemy’. The aim is to reduce regulation which stifles enterprise and industry. The message from the Government appears to be that every regulation highlighted will be abolished – unless visitors to the website express sufficient good reasons to convince Ministers that this particular regulation must be kept.
Hallmarking is among the eight key topics on which the population is invited to air their views from now until 5th May 2011. There are other important topics there too, of huge significance to retailers and consumers.
We believe it is imperative to the British consumer for the current and future UK Jewellery Industry to maintain hallmarking as a statutory independent service.

For further information on the importance of hallmarking and why it should be saved download our document ‘The Case for Hallmarking’ here.
You only have until 5th May 2011 to reply and help to save hallmarking - PLEASE ACT NOW!

Thank you for your support.
Dr Robert M Organ
Deputy Warden


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 early 20th century advertisement of The Duchess of Sutherland's Guild of Handicrafts

the mark of The Duchess of Sutherland's Cripples Guild of Handicrafts
This month ASCAS presents an early 20th century advertisement of
Craftsmen in all metals
Architectural fittings
Plaques Candlesticks
Works: Wilson St. - Hanley Staffs.

The Guild was founded in 1898 by Millicent Duchess of Sutherlands as The Potteries and Newcastle Cripples Guild. Art metalwork began in 1902 under the guidance of Francis Arthur Edwards. The Works were at Wilson St. - Hanley, Staffs. In 1907 the guild was converted into a limited liability company under the name of The Duchess of Sutherland's Cripples Guild of Handicrafts. The activity was closed in 1922.


In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary" 
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Old English pattern silver spoon


The "Old English" is one of the major flatware patterns used in British silver.
In this pattern the stem of the handle widens gradually towards the curved-end terminal and then turns downward.
It was popular from c. 1760 to c. 1820, but examples can be found in earlier dates in serving pieces..... more



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 leave your LIKE on facebook


The business was established in 1891 by Clift Alexander Mawer Clark at 138 Fenchurch Street, London. Manufacturing premises were opened in 1894 at 29 Market Place, Oxford Street.
In 1900 the firm was active at Welbeck Works, Randall Street, Sheffield, transferring its activity to James Street Works, St. Paul's, Birmingham, in 1918.
The firm was active also at 188 Oxford Street and 29 Market Place, London (1906), 38-40 Mitre Street, Aldgate, London (1921) and 17 Sycamore Street, Sheffield (1921).....


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 Karin Sixl-Daniell presents:
a book per month: Victorian Silver and Silver-Plate
by Patricia Wardle
Editor Country Life
The Victorian era is one of the most interesting periods of in the history of English silver. For it was at this time that the products of the goldsmiths and silversmiths assumed a new importance - as works of arts with which British prestige could be enhanced at the great International Exhibitions, as "testimonials" or presentation pieces to honour prominent personages, and as status symbol without which no home was considered to be properly furnished. On the one end, the best effort and skill of top designers and craftsmen were lavished on elaborate pieces which were worthy of comparison with the finest products of the great silversmiths of the Renaissance; on the other, the invention of electro-plating and the spread of mass-production methods ensured a plentiful supply of stereotyped objects at prices which all but the very poor could afford.....
In Victorian Silver and Silver-Plate Patricia Wardle follows these different developments through what was a very complex period.....
Thus this profusely illustrated book, with its appendices, including reproductions of all the Victorian marks of origin, constitutes a valuable and authoritative work of reference for all collectors.


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


punch bowl with Walter crest

A Devonshire family. A stork dipping beak into a whelk-shell, erect

The crest was found on a sterling silver Punch Bowl, marked London 1795, maker John Sutton

punch bowl with Walter crest

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Closing our May 2011 edition of ASCAS Newsletter I hope you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advices will be of great help.

My thanks to Charles C. Cage, Fausto de Longis, Jayne Dye, Joanne and Emmett Eldred, Ricardo Ferreira, Luuk Goldhoorn, Giampiero Ierbulla, Melissa Magid, Prof. David N. Nikogosyan, Sue Rain, Karin Sixl-Daniell and Paul Skippen for their invaluable contributions.

Giorgio Busetto
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