Dr. David N. Nikogosyan
August Wellner & Sons, Silver Plating Foundry in Aue,
The famous August Wellner metal goods factory was
founded by August Wellner's father, Christian Gottlieb
Wellner, in the small town of Aue (Saxony, Germany),
embedded in the wooded hills of the Erzgebirge (which
translates in English to Ore Mountains). This part of
Germany was traditionally involved in the smelting
business. As early as 1663 a tin foundry was established
in Aue (which means "flood plain"), which was in
operation until 1803. Fifty years after closure the
factory buildings were used as a starting point for the
August Wellner metal goods factory. .....
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Dr. David N. Nikogosyan
Marks of European Silver Plate: X. Wellner, Germany
This article is devoted to the marks of silver-plated
hollow ware (and trays), issued by the August Wellner &
Sons foundry in Aue, Saxony and follows my other paper
 on the history of this company and its heraldry,
which is published in this ASCAS Newsletter issue. After
studying the history of this foundry one can draw the
following table containing the evolution of the firm
name during different periods of its history.....
Ginny Tucker writes:
...Do you have any idea who the maker of this ladle is? It reads
W-E W-F W-C vertically (I think).
I have figured out the sterling mark and maybe the duty mark,
but I don't see a city mark so I can't figure out the date.
Your salt spoon is hallmarked London 1809. The maker is
the partnership of William Eley I, William Fearn & William
This mark was entered in London Assay Office on 10.4.1808.
A similar mark is illustrated in my website at
Thomas Llywarch writes:
... I'm trying to find out more info on EJ&S ( E Jacobs & Sons)
mark Birmingham around 1902.
All I have found so far is:
E Jacobs & Sons.
Registered June 1884.
Vittoria Street, Birmingham.
Hope you can help.
This maker entered marks in Chester Assay Office:
- 1884 E Jacobs & Son, 88 Vittoria Street, Birmingham (wholesale
- 1899 as Edward Lewis Jacobs and Lewis Henry Jacobs trading as
E. Jacobs & Co, 88 Vittoria Street, Birmingham and 15
Charterhouse Street, London (manufacturing jewellers)
- 1904 Edward Lewis Jacobs and Lewis H Goodfrey trading as E
Jacobs & Son, 88 Vittoria Street, Birmingham (manufacturing
jewellers and silversmiths).
Their private address was The Rookery, Handsworth, Birmingham
and Eskdale, Rookery Road, Handsworth, Birmingham
The origin of the firm is, possibly, in Ephraim Jacobs & Son,
listed in 1865 as wholesale jewellers at 2 Northampton Street
and 179 Warstone Lane, Birmingham. Later, Ephraim Jacobs is
recorded at 49 Vittoria Street, Birmingham (1872, 1873, 1911).
Maureen Sullivan writes:
....W.W.Logan Glasgow Scotland.
I have the most beautiful plated set by him. But I cannot find
out any info.
Do you know anything?
Thank you, Maureen Sullivan
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
This month ASCAS presents an advertisement of:
GEORGE S. LEE
Charlotte St, Works
BRITANNIA METAL SMITH,
FOR HOME AND EXPORT TRADE
George S. Lee was active in Charlotte Street
Works, Sheffield, together with Henry Wigfull.
The partnership between George Shadford Lee and
Henry Wigfull was dissolved in 1870. The business
was continued by Henry Wigfull under the same style
and address (John Street Works, Sheffield).
The firm was converted in 1899 into a limited
liability company under the style of Lee & Wigfull
(Sheffield) Ltd. The firm used the trade mark
"A WORD per MONTH"
A Watch fob is an ornament or a medallion attached
to a chain and hanging out of the pocket to assist the
owner in locating and removing the watch from a pocket
About 1770 the fashion of carrying a watch in waistcoat
fob pocket was introduced.
The term "fob" identified both the ornament (sometimes
purely decorative, sometimes utilitarian, like a seal or
key) and the pocket watch chain where it was attached....
"A SILVERSMITH per MONTH"
ROBERT PRINGLE & SONS
The business was founded in
London by Robert Pringle (I) in 1835.
The activity was continued by his son, Robert Pringle (II).
In c.1882 the firm was changed to Robert Pringle & Co.
In 1890 the firm was active with premises known as
Wilderness Works in all the branches of the trade, as
gold, silver and gem, jewellery making, gilding, plating,
refining, assaying, electroplate manufactory and
The proprietor Robert Pringle (II) was assisted by his
sons, James & Robert Pringle (III) (bullion e refinery
department), William Pringle (silversmith department)
and Edwin Pringle (watch department).......
"A BOOK ON MY SHELF"
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
(click to enlarge images)
In the "book on my shelf" of this month Karin Sixl-Daniell
V.O.C. - ZILVER
- 1983 -
The book deals with silver made in South East
Asia for the Dutch East India Company, notably in
Jakarta, Indonesia (Batavia). The book is written in
Closing our March 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 Thomas Llywarch, Dr. David N. Nikogosyan, Karin
Sixl-Daniell, Maureen Sullivan and Ginny Tucker for their
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