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Dr. David N. Nikogosyan presents:
Marks of European Silver Plate XV
WMF - Marks of Cutlery & Napkin Rings
Thousands of people enjoy collecting German silver and silver-plated
cutlery. Many German cutlery manufacturers reached the peak of their
production just before the World War I. For example, the famous factory
August Wellner Söhne in Aue, Saxony, had fabricated 3 million dozen of
cutlery pieces (spoons, forks and knifes) in 1911. Simultaneously, this
pre-war period (c.1890 - 1914) coincided well with the appearance and
development of a new art style in Germany - "Jugendstil" (Art Nouveau in
France, Secession in Austria-Hungary, Art and Crafts in Great Britain), see
recent monograph of Barbara Grotkamp-Schepers and Reinhard W. Sänger...
Welcome to new ASCAS members:
John Browne - England UK
Alexander Dahms - Germany
Jennifer Helm Coleman - USA
Mail to ASCAS:
Giuseppe Chirico writes:
... I am a small collector of military history.
I'd wish information about this spoon. I suppose it's British silver
"A PAGE per MONTH"
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
This month ASCAS presents an 1895 advertisement of
HOWARD & CO
The firm was established in 1866 by Edward T. and Joseph P. Howard.
From 1890 to the early 20th century Joseph Platt Howard and his son Montague Howard were associated with the firm.
The firm was active in the shop in Fifth Avenue, New York and branches were opened in Newport and London.
From 1895 to 1897 Arthur J. Stone maintained a partnership with Joseph Platt Howard and supplied a variety of items to the firm. In 1897 Stone left the partnership and began his activity in Gardiner (Ma).
In addition to the production of its own wares Howard & Co was a renowned dealer and collector of antique silver.
The last information about Howard & Co activity dates to 1922.
"A WORD per MONTH"
In this column we
present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
The coronation of the British monarch is a ceremony in which the monarch of the United Kingdom is formally invested with regalia and crowned at Westminster Abbey.
The essential elements of the coronation have remained largely unchanged for the past thousand years.
The ceremony is performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury during which the monarch is anointed with holy oil, invested with regalia, and crowned.
The complex choreography of the coronation ceremony implies the use of various symbols of the royal authority as:
, a hollow gold sphere about 16.5 cm (6 in) in diameter with a jewelled cross atop that was made for Charles II in 1661;
Sovereign's Sceptre with Cross
, symbol of temporal power as head of state and Sovereign's Sceptre with Dove
, emblem of spiritual role as head of the Church of England;
Sword of State
, symbolizing the power of a monarch to use the might of the state against its enemies;
, a long silver-gilt spoon with a ridge dividing the bowl in half, creating grooves into .... MORE...
"A SILVERSMITH per MONTH"
HORTON & ALLDAY
The firm was founded in Birmingham c. 1860 by Alfred George Horton and Harry Allday.
Horton died in 1886 and the business was continued by Allday alone maintaining the name Horton & Allday.
The firm was active at 193 Warstone Lane, Birmingham where remained until 1931 when moved to 58 Northampton Street.
London offices were at 6 Arundell Street Coventry Street, Leicester Square, (1913) and 47 Poland Street, London (1913).
Horton & Allday entered hallmarks in Birmingham, Chester ('H & A': 1894, 1895 and 1906), London ('H.A' in 1887 and 'Hn & Ay' in 1897) and Sheffield ('H & A': 1903) Assay Offices....
"A CREST per MONTH"
The crest of various families (Cheshire, Cumberland, Suffolk, Nottinghamshire)
A Saracen's head, couped at shoulders, wreathed about head, on head a plume of feathers
The crest was found on a sterling silver spoon, hallmarked Dublin 1872, maker John Smith (retailer Neill)
Closing our November 2016 edition of ASCAS Newsletter I hope
you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.
My thanks to Giuseppe Chirico, Ian Mactier and Dr. David N. Nikogosyan for their precious contributions.
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