ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silvernewsletter # 150 November 2016 SITE MAP

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WMF mark c.1903 - c.1910

Dr. David N. Nikogosyan presents:

Marks of European Silver Plate XV
WMF - Marks of Cutlery & Napkin Rings
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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...
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New members

Welcome to new ASCAS members:

John Browne - England UK
Alexander Dahms - Germany
Jennifer Helm Coleman - USA

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Ian Mactier writes:
...I enjoy reading your newsletter and learning a little more with each newsletter.
I have attempted to find the maker of a small mug without success. It was purchased at Auction in Australia and was described as "An early colonial christening mug by Cohen".
I collect Australian christening mugs and although the stamped marks differ from that recorded by Cohen was intrigued by the "Lion Passant" which on the bowl of the mug is travelling from right to left as in UK, however, on the base it is reversed and is travelling from left to right.
I contacted Welsz in South Africa, however, they could not help.
I would appreciate if you or through ASCAS could help identify the maker.
Dimensions of mug are as follows:
Height to top of handle = 98mm
Height to top of bowl = 89mm
Outside diameter of bowl = 71.5mm
Height of foot = 4.7mm
weight = 111 grams.
The mug appears to be hand raised and the foot soldered on later.
Kind regards,
Ian Mactier

Giuseppe Chirico writes:
... I am a small collector of military history.
I'd wish information about this spoon. I suppose it's British silver
Kind regards
Giuseppe Chirico

It's a silverplate spoon made by John Collier & Co Ltd, Birmingham, see my website at
The 'broad arrow' signifies that the piece was Government property, see my website at
Giorgio Busetto


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
Howard & Co, 1895 advertisement

This month ASCAS presents an 1895 advertisement of


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.


In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
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Silver coronation regalia


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:
Sovereign's Orb, 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;
Anointing Spoon, a long silver-gilt spoon with a ridge dividing the bowl in half, creating grooves into ....


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 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....


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: WARBERTON or WARBURTON

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)

spoon with family crest: WARBERTON or WARBURTON

hallmark on spoon with family crest: WARBERTON or WARBURTON

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.

Giorgio Busetto


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