ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silvernewsletter # 136 September 2015 SITE MAP

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A wonderful example of the work of Ottavio Spinelli

Michael Hetherington presents:

Italian Enamelled Compacts - Cases by Ottavio Spinelli English version

... In earlier writings on other silversmiths such as Gino Bicchielli, Renzo Cassetti and Giuliano Spinelli (undoubtedly a relative of Ottavio's), I have attempted to identify particular characteristics of the case types used by each artisan as well as the decorative techniques they employed. Because after a number of years looking at these cases it was apparent that there were differences - many that are subtle, I admit - that could help in identifying which particular silversmith produced each case.
Now, this exercise in spotting the differences is made irrelevant if the unique silversmith's mark is legible or if there is some other mark that can reliably identify the silversmith in question. In the case of Ottavio Spinelli this is happily the case because there is another mark he used that is unlike any other and, indeed, he seems to have been the only Florentine silversmith who used the standard manufacturer's mark together with his other unique mark. This mark is the stamp of a bird.....
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Welcome to new ASCAS members:

Roberto de Marca - Brazil
Juliana van der Voorden - The Netherlands

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silverplate Stilton scoop

Alan Yates presents:

Sterling Silver or Silverplate? What is Better? English version

Although I am somewhat obsessed about whether something is silver or plated, I am in fact not overly obsessed as are many other collectors of my acquaintance. I say this for two reasons: first, historically there has never been a wider gap between the price of a silver item and its equivalent in plated silver or Sheffield Plate. Which clearly means that there are some wonderful plated silver pieces available on the market more under rated and underpriced today than ever. And secondly, in my opinion, some things are better if not sterling silver, by which I mean more practical if SP instead of sterling simply because sterling silver is relatively soft.......
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Miroslav Cogan writes:
...I would like to ask you for help with identification of the mark in cross shape wit letters SSH and star in-between: I am working in small museum in Turnov and have no opportunity to buy or study specialized books of silver marks.
These marks are used on this bottle for instance.
Thank you for your collaboration
Best regards
Miroslav Cogan

The maker is Storck & Sinsheimer, Hanau (Jacob Stork and Louis Sinsheimer), Germany. Active 1874-1926. It's a typical "Hanau silver" see my website at
The other mark (winged A) is an Austrian import mark 1901-1921, 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

James Allan & Co, 1901 advertisement

This month ASCAS presents an ancient advertisement of:


285 King Street - Charleston S.C.

An advertisement printed in the official Exposition Guide of the 1901 Charleston Exposition, offering souvenir spoons and other metallic keepsakes from James Allan & Company, a Charleston Jeweller and silversmith. Besides their King Street location, the firm had a booth inside the Palace of Commerce. Sterling silver souvenir spoons were sought-after collectibles at the turn of the 19th century and James Allan & Co had purchased the concession to offer fairgoers the Official Exposition spoons.

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In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
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'broad arrow' used in British Colonies and Commonwealth countries


The 'broad arrow' is the symbol used to indicate the British Government property. The principal duty of the Office of Ordnance (1544) which became Board of Ordnance (1597) was to supply guns, ammunitions and equipment to the King's Navy. In 1857 the task was assumed by the War Office.
The 'broad arrow' symbol was used since 1661 as an intrinsically Royal symbol
Under the Public Store Act of 1875 the symbol has been applied in any metal object supplied or issued by the War Office.......



In this column we present marks, information and history of silversmiths and silver manufacturers.
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John Emes was apprenticed in 1778 to William Woollett, goldsmith and engraver obtaining his freedom of the Goldsmiths' Company in 1796.
In the same year he entered in partnership with Henry Chawner registering their mark "HC over IE" as 'Plate Workers' at Amen Corner on 27 August 1796.
Soon after, owing to semi-retirement of Henry Chawner, the business was mostly managed by John Emes that on 10 January 1798 registered his own mark and the dissolution of the partnership.
John Emes continued to work at Amen Corner until his death in 1808. His work, mostly tea and coffee services, shows a taste for elegant design and fine finish.....


In this column we present books, new or ancient, dealing with silver in all its aspects (history, marks, oddities...). This isn't a "book review" but only a fair presentation of some useful "tools" that anyone may have in the shelf of his bookcase.
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In the "book on my shelf" of this month ASCAS presents:

a book per month: Silver Toys & Miniatures


by Miranda Poliakoff
Victoria & Albert Museum
Edited by Philippa Glanville
Printed and bound in the Netherlands
by Drukkerij de Lange/van Leer BV
c. 1980

A Victoria & Albert Museum 48 pages widely illustrated book edited c. 1980.
(from the Introduction): Model or miniature work in metal has been made since ancient times; miniature bronze utensils have been found in Egypt and Roman iron toys in Britain, all probably votive offerings. From the mid seventeenth century a large number of tiny silver objects were produced in the Netherlands and later in England. The Victoria and Albert Museum is fortunate in possessing a large collection of these 'toys'.......

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Closing our SEPTEMBER 2015 edition of ASCAS Newsletter I hope you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.

My thanks to Miroslav Cogan, Michael Hetherington and Alan Yates for their precious contributions.

Giorgio Busetto


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