ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silvernewsletter # 124 September 2014 SITE MAP
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Lion passant mark
David McKinley presents:


When in the year 1300 the standard for silver in England was set at 11 ounces and two pennyweights in the Troy pound (925 parts in 1000), it was related to money and as far as wrought plate was concerned it had to be as good as money. The Statute 28 Ewd. Cap. XX which introduced this standard reads as follows: "It is ordained, That no Goldsmith of England, nor none otherwhere within the King's Dominions, shall from henceforth....... work worse silver than money".
This requirement that wrought plate be closely related to money, or sterling as it has always been known, has, over the centuries, given rise to problems for the Wardens of the Goldsmiths' Company who have always assiduously applied what they believed to be their responsibility in upholding this law.....

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Douglas Shand writes:
...I'm far from an expert on silver marks, etc but I came across this spoon (5 inches in length) and while I am quite sure it is English (king's bust duty mark) and it was made in 1814 (letter "T") plus the purity mark (lion passant) and the maker mark, which is shown as well however it is worn heavily so I am unable to identify it.
Oddly there is no town mark to indicate where it was assayed or any sign of where it would have been... Is it common to be missing this component?
The initial "J V T" on the opposite side I assume was that of the owner.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
Douglas Shand
The Assay Office is London. Often the town mark is missing on spoons presumably to prevent duty dodging by transposition of the hallmark on a larger object (see my website at
You are right about the meaning of "JVT".
Giorgio Busetto

Linda Naguillen writes:
... I have an antique 17" silver on copper plate. On the back it has a triangle with markings of SILVER ON COPPER and three symbols consisting of a crown with X on the bottom, another symbol and letters HS inside another symbol I'm unable to identify.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Linda Naguillen
The maker is Hartford Sterling Company, see my website at
Giorgio Busetto

Sharon Kent writes:
...Thanks for letting me share my recent find. It wasn't until I got home that I realised how lovely this is, as it was in an auction lot with other items in a box.
I have tried to find out on the internet about the makers marks and came across your great website.
I would love to know more about this... like what was it used for? .I have narrowed it down to either a biscuit or bon bon jar but I could be wrong.
What this style is called?
Who may have designed it?
Some idea of date?
Also If you could let me know if you have seen any like this before.
It has a cut glass insert with etched/engraved flowers. The three pillars are made of wood.
It also has a small letter d on the frame near the hallmark.
The size is: 205 mm tall x 130 mm diameter
Thank you for your time.
Look forward to your comments.
Sharon Kent
In my opinion your item is a biscuit holder made at the beginning of the 20th century.
Various biscuit holders in glass with a silverplate frame are present in 1906 WMF catalog.
Any further suggestion will be welcome
Giorgio Busetto

Replies to questions

Debi C. receives these answers about her spoons
(see August 2014 Newsletter)
Peter van Oel writes
The light gauge of the silver mocha spoon and sugar shovel, twisted stem and the decoration are typical for silver made in the city of Schoonhoven. GB 21 the maker's mark of Gerrit van den Bergh, registered in the city of Schoonhoven from 1876/1921, died in 1922.
Mocha spoon; Minerva head with the regional assay office letter M for Schoonhoven. The maker's mark appears to be .AP. in oval for A. Pluut Jr. registered in Schoonhoven 1915-1942. In 1915 A. Pluut Jr took over the workshop of Frank Fluut (1896-1915) known spoon maker. Date letter J for 1919.
Peter van Oel

Alan Yates receives this answer about his small trowel
(see August 2014 Newsletter)
Robin Holmes writes
These 'trowel' presentation pieces were very common at that time, and in fact continued to a lesser extent for a few decades thereafter.
My guess is that there was nothing to commemorate other than a birthday or maybe a Christening. The handle would be ivory. And yes almost certainly a slice of cake lifter.
The joy for me in these pieces is the brightcut engraving, which in this case is superb.
Robin Holmes


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

Friedman Silver Co, ancient advertisement
This month ASCAS presents an ancient advertisement of:



Active in Brooklyn, New York since 1908.
Created the Pilgrim Silver Plated Hollowware line.
The firm was bought by the Gorham Corporation in 1960

This image is part of the ADVERTISEMENTS IN SILVER - SILVER ADVERTISING section of website


In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
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silverplated Tenby Hot Water Jug


A silverplate jug of compressed baluster form, the flat hinged cover with scroll knop and angular handle. The hinged lid could be opened still holding the jug. The jug was rewarded in Pembrokeshire as the bringer of good luck.

According to the 'Tenby Official Guide', dated 1919, the Tenby Hot Water Jug was a 'jug for conserving hot water. Its convenient size, shape and attractive design harmonises with any silver or china service. Based on a design connected with local tradition. It makes for home folks and those from away, a most charming gift'.

The maker was James Truscott (1847-1937) who established his business in Tudor Square, Tenby in 1870. He moved in 1883 to new premises at 13 High Street on the corner of St. Nicholas Lane where the firm continued the trade until its closure (1937)....




In this column we present marks, information and history of silversmiths and silver manufacturers.
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The business was established in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1778 by Christian Ker Reid (1756-1834).
After his death, the business was continued by his sons William Ker Reid (1787-1868), David Reid (1792-1869) and Christian Bruce Reid (1805-1889).
Reid family was closely related with Barnard family, as the brothers William Ker and David Reid married Mary and Elizabeth Barnard, daughters of Edward Barnard I, founder of the firm Edward Barnard & Sons. Edward Ker Reid (son of William Ker Reid) married in 1847 Anna Barnard, daughter of John Barnard I (they were cousins and both grandchildren of Edward Barnard I).
When Christian Bruce Reid retired (1845) his two brothers were joined in the partnership by Christian John Reid (1816-1891, son of David Reid).
The firm, known as Reid & Sons, was active at 12 Dean Street, 14 Grey Street (1843) and 41 Grey Street, Newcastle (1855).
The firm was present at the 1851 Great Exhibition and at the 1862 International Exhibition....



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: Abel-Smith of Woodhall Park, Hertfordshire
The crest of Abel-Smith family of Woodhall Park, Hertfordshire.
An elephant's head erased. The Latin motto is "Tenax in Fide" (Steadfast in the faith).

The elephant's head erased with three blue Fleur-de-Lys on the shoulder above a sashed wreath bar and "TENAX IN FIDE" is also the Coat-of-Arms for the Royal New South Wales Lancers (Cavalry).

The crest was found on a silverplate candlestick made by Martin, Hall & Co
silverplate candlestick, Martin Hall & Co

silverplate candlestick, Martin Hall & Co

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Closing our SEPTEMBER 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 Robin Holmes, Sharon Kent, David McKinley, Linda Naguillen, Douglas Shand, Peter van Oel for their precious contributions.

Giorgio Busetto
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