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Steve Cox presents:
The Rare Spanish Carlos III Al Merito Medals. A Chronology 1764 to 1783
Little did I realize one cool December morning of 2004, that in April 2010 I would be writing an article about an early Spanish medal that at the time I had no knowledge of. It all started on a trip I made to visit a friend and fellow history buff. The area on, and surrounding his farm, is rich in sites from the first days of Indian Removal, early 1830's. While out on one such site, a historic Choctaw meeting place, he glanced down at the ground and saw what he thought was a silver dollar. After examining it closer he saw it was not a coin, but some kind of medal. The inscriptions on the medal were all in Spanish, and no date was on it that might help determine the age. After looking at it I didn't know a lot more about it than he did, but having spent 5 years running a gold dredging operation in Ecuador, I was able to translate the Spanish inscriptions on it. I was intrigued by it, and a few months after acquiring it, I decided to dedicate some time researching it. After 6 years and several hundred hours of research I decided it was time to put my work into a research paper. I am not a stranger to this type of project. In 1974 after a decade of historic site location and research, I became a founding member of the Southwest American Historic Artifact Research Association, referred to as "S.A.H.A.R.A". I served as President for many years, and enjoyed working with many archeologist, museums, and research groups.....
Alan Yates presents:
THE PRIZE CUP OF VICTORIA MOUNTED RIFLES
A lovely silver trophy, marked "CB" (Charles Boynton?), and London 1882, and stands about 300 mm high.
I bought it on Ebay while resident in Austria. The entire cup is beautifully decorated all round with foliage, possibly some ginko leaves, and inscribed on three sides as follows: "Government Challenge Cup for Mounted Volunteers Natal 1883" (four years after the final battle in the Zulu War, the Battle of Ulundi), "Won by the Victoria Mounted Rifles" (since then renamed the Natal Mounted Rifles), and a list of the ten team members....
Janet Love writes:
...Mr. Giorgio Busetto:
My Name is Janet Love and my mother's family has been connected to the silver model of the yacht "Defender" since it was made.
We have only followed it from Meriden CT. to Dublin OH. so my information is up to 1998. (see supporting documents)
My Great Grandfather (James Pullan) was a silversmith at the Meriden Britannia Co. at the time of the making of the model.
He had always claimed to have been the worker who made it.
Please add this information to your web site and maybe you can locate its whereabouts soon.
I may do some more research on my end, but can't promise I would find it.
My mother (now 91) was the one who saw it last in Dublin, OH. July 1998. (photo attached July 1998)
Please let me know if you can locate the masterpiece.
Massapequa, New York
This mail was received after the publication of the article "A Masterpiece Gone Missing" written by Patricia F. Singer in September 2017 edition of ASCAS newsletter.
The information and images supplied by Janet Love are now published as an ADDENDA to the original article at http://www.ascasonline.org/ARTICOLOSETTEM221.html
ASCAS thanks Ms Love for her precious contribution to the knowledge of the matter of common interest.
Possibly Portugal, Lisbon, 19th century
Yvonne Barber writes
I believe Arno Malinowski (1899-1976) was simply responding to the economic downturn and the start of WWII which resulted in the scarcity of sterling silver and the lack of interest in luxury items.
I would expect therefore that the iron and silver items were made only during the years of WWII. He also made objects using iron and silver such as dressing table mirrors.
He may have been influenced to use iron because he was also a sculptor and therefore used to working with metals other than silver.
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
FACTORIES, PLANTS, SALESROOMS, SHOPS AND WORKSHOPS: OLD IMAGES
This month ASCAS presents an ancient cutlery box of
CLARFELD & SPRINGMEYER
Clarfeld & Springmeyer were the second largest cutlery manufacturers in Germany before the First World War. The firm was founded in 1858 by the businessman Fritz Clarfeld and the engraver Heinrich Springmeyer. They made cutlery in nickel silver, alpacca and paktong, and, from the 1890s, in silvered metal.
Henry van de Velde (MOD. 3000)
Joseph Maria Olbrich (MOD. 2000)
and Ernst Riegel worked as flatware designers for Clarfeld & Springmeyer.
In 1931 the name of the firm was restyled to Clarfeld & Co. K.G.
In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"