ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver         newsletter # 19 November 2005

Two new articles for ASCAS website

Pietro Longhi: The toilet of the Lady
Giorgio Busetto presents:

Silver Toilet Sets
Servizi da Toeletta in argento

The silver toilet set 'season' was at its finish in the '900 after centuries of splendour. But these surviving collectibles are a precious witness of a feminine world that, for most aspects, has now disappeared.
The article is published in a double version
English English version / Italiano Italiano

cream jug, John and George Angell, London 1846
Giovanni Ciceri presents:

An unusual Victorian cream jug
Una singolare lattiera vittoriana

A London 1846 cream jug engraved with chinoiseries unusual for its time.
The creamer bears the hallmarks of the well known silversmiths John and George Angell.

The article is published in a double version
English English version / Italiano Italiano

New members

Welcome to new ASCAS members:  

Keith Ainscough - England UK
Antonino Antonini - Italy
Martha Gaber Abrahamsen - Denmark
William C. Benedict - USA
James Brady - USA
John Brooker - Australia
Lucia Costa Veloza - Romania
Ludo D'Haese - Belgium
Maria Ximena Golbin - USA
Aija Laamanen - Finland
Brian Laird - Scotland UK
Cheryl Lowery - USA
Neil Marley - England UK
Carlo Mora - Italy
Mark Murray - the Netherlands
Wendy Peckam - Australia
Barry Price - Wales UK
Bob Roberts - USA
Samantha E. Rusk - USA
Cathy Scott - Canada
Joyce B. Wood - USA

Members' Window # 19

Neresheimer & Co. silver basket
Leslie Salvage presents:

Neresheimer & Co. silver basket

a silver basket made in Germany by Neresheimer & Co and imported in England in 1901 by John George Piddington

click here


Questions from ASCAS members

Mark Hamblin writes:
...have these two candle holders and I have no idea how old or who might have made them.
The markings are very small and are hard to get a good photo of but I did also a drawing
Is there any way you might be able to help me
Mark Hamblin

Joyce Colpetzer writes:
...Do you have any information on this Italian hallmark?
The hallmark belongs to a vase that measures 6-1/2" tall and is in perfect condition.
I recently purchased it at an estate auction in Tennessee. I was attracted to it when I first saw it. How it made the journey to the mountains of East Tennessee is a mystery to me. The vase is quite heavy and it is a deep, rich cobalt blue glass that has been cut-to-clear.
At first I thought it was Bohemian ( Czechoslovakian) art glass piece, but now I know the silver was done in Italy.
Into the lozenge there are the number 174 and the letters MI.
Thank you
Joyce Colpetzer

The hallmark belongs to Argenteria Galbiati srl, a firm still active in Milan (Italy).
Into the lozenge there's also a 'fascio' and this hallmark was in use between 1935 and 1944.
Giorgio Busetto

Sarah Thomas writes:
...can I post a question about a mark on a gold piece ? I attached some photos
It is a very old toothpick/spoon ??
If you know what it is would you please let me know.
Thank you
Sarah Thomas

Erika Fielden writes:
....You very kindly helped me identify a hallmark. I have one more if you could help me - its part of my parent's estate which I need to clear. I have searched for some info on the mark (e.g.age, maker etc.) but I am at a loss.
I've attached a couple of pics of a toast rack and hope they help you identify it for me. Please accept my appreciation for your help.

B. Hough writes:
...wonder if you could please help me? I am not seeking a valuation, I am just frustrated at being able to find information about every other mark on silver/silver plate, except the ones on mine! Typical!
It is a vase 11" in height with a Rococo or Art Nouveau pattern, I don`t know the differences!
I have attached a picture of the marks.
Thanking You in anticipation.
B Hough

Replies to members' questions

RenÚ Linari spoon (October Newsletter) receives these replies:

silver cheese spoon

Norma L. Young writes:
no doubt all British silver collectors will answer Rene Linari's query ........ he has a cheese scoop, traditionally used with Stilton cheese.
We have English friends who still like to buy their round Stilton cheese (or a half-round) for Christmas time and one plunges the scoop down into that large and wonderful rich cheese to withdraw a 'scoop' .... The pattern of handle looks to be Kings Husk, and one cannot quite make out all the plated marks, but I'm thinking its probably Mappin & Webb

Maja Houtman writes:
RenÚ Linari asks about a scoop. It is a cheese scoop. It is made very sturdy, so you can scoop a taste of cheese out with it. The marks are made to look english...

Carol Fleming writes:
In answer to the question from Rene Linari. I believe the utensil to be a Cheese Scoop. There are 2 pictured on page 105 of "The Marshal Guide to Antique China And Silver" ISBN 1-84028-064-6.
The one belonging to Rene according to the book would have been part of a cutlery service as large services like Kings and Queens included them for Cheese served at the end of the meal.
I hope this is of help.
Kind Regards,
Carol Fleming

Svein Solhjell salt cellar hallmark (October Newsletter) receives this reply:

salt cellar: hallmarks

Maja Houtman writes:
Svein Solhjell asks about the salt. It will probably be German (or Hungarian), because the alloy of 12 l÷thig was not used in France.

Dubravka Martinovic (ASCAS members) publishes in her website ( the Croatian version of ASCAS article # 37 'Candle Snuffers/ Despabiladeras' by JosÚ Luis Mu˝oz Diaz.
The Croatian version 'PREDMETI NAMIJENJENI GASENJU SVIJECA' is now available also in ASCAS website click here Croatian version
ASCAS is proud to offer to its readers articles written in English, French, Spanish, Italian and ...Croatian.


Closing our November newsletter I hope you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.
My thanks to Giovanni Ciceri (Italy), Joyce Colpetzer (USA), Jayne Dye (USA), Erika Fielden (Australia), Carol Fleming (Australia), Mark Hamblin (USA), B. Hough (UK), Maja Houtman (the Netherlands), Dubravka Martinovic (Croatia), Leslie Salvage (UK), Sarah Thomas (USA), Norma L. Young (Canada) for their invaluable contributions.

Giorgio Busetto

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