ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silvernewsletter # 126 November 2014 SITE MAP
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A. Favier Neveux
Robert Massart presents:

Favier Family: Three Towns and 150 Years of Silversmithing English version

La Famille Favier: Trois Villes et 150 Ans d'Orfèvrerie page en francais

The name Favier has a long and charged history, starting approximately 1824 and ending in 1976. The Favier silversmiths were famous manufacturers of ecclesiastical silver works such as chalices, ciborium, monstrance, patens, cruets and plates. Their work can be seen in many cathedral treasuries. At least 179 works are inventoried and protected today in the name of historical monuments in the Ariège department.
Religious silversmithing was profoundly innovated by the Favier family by excerpting on medieval sources and later by joining movements of symbolism and Art Nouveau......

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An exhibition of Ecclesiastical Silver at Dorset County Museum, Dorchester from 13 October 2014 to 18 April 2015.

In Christian churches, the act of communion has always been the most important religious ceremony. Traditionally congregations wished to have the very best communion vessels that they (or their richest members) could afford. As a result Dorset churches have a wealth of beautiful and rare collections of silver, some of it so valuable that it has to be stored in bank vaults. A new exhibition at Dorset County Museum provides a rare opportunity to see some of the finest pieces in both Dorset and the UK.

The new temporary exhibition in the Museum's Victorian Gallery tells the story of Christianity for over 2000 years - from Pre-Reformation times to the present day. Crafted by world-famous silversmiths, the pieces include the Coombe Keynes Chalice from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London - an object of huge national importance.

Dorset appears to have had a strong Christian community as far back as Roman times. An example of this tradition is a Roman spoon from Dorchester with the "fish" Christian cipher.

By the early 16th century England was a devoutly Christian country and only the Priest was normally allowed to take full communion. He drank wine from a wide mouth vessel called a chalice and took bread, in the form of an unleavened wafer, from a small plate called a paten. Pieces of church silver from this period in England are rare and in Dorset only three pieces survive. All of these can be seen in the exhibition including the Coombe Keynes Chalice which has been said by the Victoria and Albert Museum to be one of the finest in the country.

Many consider the 18th century as the greatest period for church and domestic silver and Paul de Lamerie is generally accepted as the greatest silversmith of the time; some say of all time. On display is one of the three silver-gilt communion sets made by de Lamerie for Dorset churches. There is also a letter, dated June 1937, which records instructions on how to clean the silver as directed by Paul de Lamerie, himself.

In the mid-1800s a new Anglo Catholic movement wanted to bring more powerful emotional symbolism and energy to the Church. More elaborate church interiors were introduced and the design of communion ware moved to a more mediaeval style. The chalice on show from St Peter's church Parkstone is a fine example of the richness and ebullience of this style. The chalice is inlaid with semi-precious stones and has a diamond cross on the front, reputed to be from necklace owned by the donor.

"This exhibition contains some of the finest pieces of church silverware in the country," said Jon Murden, Director of Dorset County Museum. "We are grateful to all the Dorset parishes which have loaned items for us to display. We hope many people will be able to see these hidden treasures before they go back into safe storage."

In addition to silver chalices, patens and flagons, there are other fascinating items including a very rare bread knife for cutting communion bread. Accompanying the exhibition is a booklet describing Dorset's ecclesiastical silver and the development of Christianity in Dorset since the 4th century. The exhibition will be formally opened by the Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, and will run at Dorset County Museum from 13 October 2014 to 18 April 2015.

The award-winning Museum is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm until the end of October when it closes daily at 4pm. For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or visit

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David Beaumont writes:
...Dear Giorgio, do you or any of your members have any ideas about the date and origins of this unmarked beaker?
It is hand raised with gilding inside and there are two engraved stylised or mythical beasts supporting the central cartouche.
Thank you for any forthcoming help or suggestions.
David Beaumont

Frank W Wilson writes:
...I append a picture of two spoons I have recently purchased but find that my information on Makers Marks is not good enough to identify the lower of the two spoons where the left hand side of the Mark is completely obliterated and only a GW is obvious.
Do you think you could help to identify the maker?
Your help would be wonderful.
Frank W Wilson
The mysterious hallmark belongs to Samuel Godbehere, Edward Wigan & James Boult (S.Godbehere & Co), mark entered 15.3.1800, see my website at
Giorgio Busetto

Riccardo Bonardi writes:
...I'm unable to identify the maker on a French silver pill box.
It is hallmarked 'Minerva' and 'F ... L' inside a lozenge.
I trust in your help.
Riccardo Bonardi


In this column we presents 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 column is published under the kind permission of Giorgio Busetto's website home page

Thomas Heming trade card
This month ASCAS presents an ancient trade card of:



"At the King's Arms in Bond Street
Makes and Sells all Sorts of Gold &
Silver Plate in the highest Taste
Likewise all Sorts of Jewellers work, Watches
Mourning Rings and at the most
Reasonable Prices"



In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
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Old Sheffield Plate inkstand: c. 1820


A desk stand supporting a variety of writing accessories.
It is made in various forms, but the basic examples are:

- an oblong box with hinged lid, holding inkpot and a pounce-pot. Sometimes a sealing-pot case and a wafer-pot are added. Quill pens are held on a drawer or on a compartment on the back;

- a tray, upon which rest inkpot, pounce-pot, sand-box, quill-pot, wafer-box. Sometimes the inkpot is surmounted by a taperstick and a hand bell.
The tray has various forms (rectangular, oval, triangular) and is supported by four feet (in the form of ball or paw). The inkstand has usually a guard ring or suitable recesses in which to place the writing accessories....




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




The parents of Paul De Lamerie (Paul Souchay de la Merie and Constance le Roux) had fled from France to the Netherlands to escape from the religious persecutions following the revocation of the edict of Nantes by Louis XIV.
Paul was born in the Netherlands (Hertogenbosch) in 1688 and in 1691 the family transferred to London.
In 1703 Paul was apprenticed to Pierre Platel (a Huguenot silversmith) obtaining his freedom in 1712.
Pierre Platel had great influence on the career of Paul de Lamerie from which he learnt the art of working in silver and gold and to him he owed in great measure his future fame.
Paul de Lamerie entered his first mark at the Goldsmiths' Hall in 1712 (letters LA surmounted by a crown with a fleur-de-lis below, in the style current at the time among Parisian silversmiths).....



In this column we present images and descriptions of Crests and Mottoes of British, Irish and Scottish families as engraved on silver items.
This column is published under the kind permission of Giorgio Busetto's website home page




family crest: HOARE
The crest of Hoare-Colt Bart., Stourhead, Wiltshire
An eagle's head, erased
The crest was found in a silver tankard hallmarked London 1737, maker Humprey Payne
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Closing our NOVEMBER 2014 edition of ASCAS Newsletter I hope you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.

My thanks to David Beaumont, Riccardo Bonardi, Robert Massart and Frank W Wilson for their precious contributions.

Giorgio Busetto
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