Fredric Arthur Sinfield died in Sydney on July 26, 2008, aged
Fred was an Australian based freelance researcher, author and
photographer, member of ASCAS since its foundation.
He generously supported ASCAS activity with many articles, "members'
windows", questions, answers and information.
A great and untimely loss for his relatives, friends and for
whoever appreciated his work.
He continues to be present among us through his articles in
I believe that the best way to remember Fred is to re-read the
first article he wrote for ASCAS in 2004.
Fred Sinfield article as presented on Newsletter # 8 December
Sinfield presents 'A flacon and a lighter ' the
story of a perfume flacon presented to delegates
participating in 1912 in the Conference ratifying the
Convention Radiotelegraphique Internationale
Welcome to new ASCAS members:
Graham Borrill - England UK
Sara Dilewski - Germany
Joyce Geeser - USA
George Glastris - USA
Joan Ellis Kautz - USA
Deborah Lauritzen - USA
Bronwyn Mason - Australia
Chris Pontifex - Australia
Sue Tiffin - USA
Members' Window # 52
Cristina Speluzzi writes:
... The cross I want to ask about is a family heirloom. I was
told it is German, from the 18th. century. I'm including
pictures, so someone could help me identify all the marks. It
measures 27 cm. x 12 cm, not that this information is relevant...
Thank you again for all you so generously do for us, dealers and
These marks look to be German, but I don't know if they are
ancient marks (Nuremberg) or modern (end 19th century)
I trust on the help of ASCAS members for their identification.
Haroune Toumani writes:
... Do you can help me to date this watch?
Thank you in advance for your help.
The mark is for London 1867. The maker is (possibly) William
Carter. William Carter was listed in 1852 as a watch case maker
at 7 President Street East, Goswell Road, Clerkenwell, EC. This
address was subsequently changed to 35 President Street, EC
where Carter was still listed in 1885. A William Carter,
possibly the same individual, is listed in 1841 as a watch case
maker at 22 Galway Street, Bath Street, St. Luke's.
Linda Dempsey writes:
... I am a new member, asking for help identifying these spoons...
They are old, as the monograms are almost worn off... They are
lightweight (4 total ounces for the set of six, on our postal
scale) and feel more like coin silver than sterling... They do
have the lion passant, which would indicate sterling, but also a
beaver mark, which seems a bit of a mystery....
Any help you could give, would be appreciated...
The maker is J.E. Ellis & Co - Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
James E. Ellis moved from Liverpool, England, to Canada in 1848
and was associated with Rossin Bros until 1852. He bought the
business in that year and was joined by his son in 1862. The
firm changed its name to J.E. Ellis & Co in 1877 in partnership
with M.T. Cain.
The business continued until 1901.
Mario Galasso writes:
... I recently bought a caster marked Glasgow 1924-25 but I'm
unable to identify the maker "J.W into two conjoined circles".
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Ross Macrae writes:
... I have a spoon bottom marked as follows, 1 Lyre T, worn
Minerva's head, maker H stirrup D.
Can anyone identify maker, where and when he worked.
Deborah Brierty writes:
... I have attached two photos of my teapot, handed down to me
by my grandmother.
I was wondering if you can tell me what the symbols on the
bottom mean, it has the words Thomas Otley & Sons, Sheffield
written on it.
Also do you know the value of the teapot, waiting to hear from
the maker is Thomas Otley & Sons, Meadow Works, 33 New
Meadow St., Sheffield, c.1890 - 1900.
Obviously this teapot is silver plate and not sterling silver.
Sorry, but ASCAS do not make appraisals. I suggest comparing
your teapot with the price paid for similar items sold on eBay
Bernard Jouret writes:
... I'm trying to identify the origin and age of a pair of
candlesticks I own.
Do you may help in my research?
Thank you in advance
Michael Deshaies writes:
... I post pictures of an item that I have in which I know
nothing about. I do not recognize the hallmark as it is in bad
Here are some photos.
I believe that your casket was made in Continental Europe or
Middle East as it has 800 silver fineness mark but I'm unable to
identify its origin.
I hope that someone of our members will be able to help you.
... I was hoping someone could help me identify the Maker and
date of an item I have. I'm not sure what the item is but I
thought it might be a napkin holder. I have included photos of
item and marks.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
The maker is Walker & Hall, Electro Works, 9-15 Howard
This mark was in use 1852-1897. I believe that your item is a
Further information (and a photo of your mark) is available in
my private website at
Kirk Williams writes:
... Hello. Firstly, I'd like to thank you for your great website!
It has helped me in my identification of numerous pieces of
silver. I have recently obtained a coffee and tea set that I
have been unable to identify. I have included a few pictures, in
hopes that you may be able to help identify the maker.
Any help or information that you can provide would be greatly
I'm unable to identify the maker of your sterling silver
teaset. I trust in the help of ASCAS members
Robert Massart writes:
... I was looking in your listing of makers of British
electroplated silver in order to identify the marks on a salt
Is it possible that the maker is John Gough of Birmingham?
Do you have an idea what the other marks mean? I know that EP
means electro plated; but I have no idea of the other marks.
I hope that you can help me once more.
Thanks for your taking care of my questions.
The maker is John Gilbert, Birmingham, about
A1 was usually adopted to indicate higher quality plating (...but
I never saw an item marked A2).
I believe that the other marks had no particular meaning and
were added to obtain a set of three of four marks to imitate
sterling silver marking.
Any other suggestion will be highly appreciated.
Lisa Bennett writes:
...I am just wondering if you could help me out with a lovely
little silverware object I have.
I have looked up the marks and can't find any object of this
Could you please date and identify what it is made from as
unsure if it is silver or not. It has a black foam like cushion
in the bottom that is covered by a royal blue velvet on the top.
The measurements are as follows: width 3cm and height 5 cm
I look forward to hearing from you soon
I'm unable to identify the maker. Anyway your item is
silverplate and not sterling silver. I believe that this is a
thimble holder but any other suggestion about the maker and its
use will be welcome.
Replies to questions
Lewis receives another reply about her silver "quaich"
(see July Newsletter)
Hymie Dinerstein writes:
... Regarding the quaich and other Hanau type pieces,
many of these pieces copy hallmarks from earlier Dutch
pieces and it is important to make sure the style of the
article is in the style of the period that its hallmark
represent. There is a Dutch book, that lists 615 FAKE
Dutch hallmarks and I would presume that there are now
many more now since this books was first published in
the 1950's when I bought the book.
P.S. most of the 17th/18th century Dutch Brandy bowls
have some marks that are found in this book.
"A PAGE per MONTH"
In this column we present a
page obtained from makers' brochures, books, auction
catalogs, advertising or whatever other printed paper
related to silver, which may be of interest for ASCAS
The images will be published at a "low resolution" level
and for private and personal use only
month ASCAS presents an postal envelope sent on
March 28, 1924 by Rockford Silver Plate Company,
Rockford, Illinois to Lochman Brothers,
The envelope is decorated by a contemporary
image of the factory.
The company was founded in 1873 as the
Racine Silver Plate Co in Racine, Winsconsin. In
1882 the factory there burned. The stockholders
decided to rebuild in Rockford, Illinois and
erected the new factory there the same year.
They made silverware for the United States
Jewelers' Guild which sold only through jewelry
stores. About 1925 the company was bought by
Raymond Sheets and became the Sheets-Rockford
Silver Plate Co. The manufacture of flatware was
discontinued but silverplate holloware was
produced. The Sheets-Rockford Silver Co name
appears in the City Directories through 1956.
(from Rainwater-Redfield, Encyclopedia of
American Silver Manufacturers)
"A WORD per MONTH"
In this column we presents an
abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
The nipple-shield is a small protective
object to be placed over a nursing woman's
nipple during infant feeding.
The nipple shield (or nipple guard) is a
circular, slightly convex, disc having...
"A BOOK ON MY SHELF"
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
ASCAS members are invited to contribute to this column
(click to enlarge images)
The "book on the shelf" of this month is presented by
ENGLISH DOMESTIC SILVER
by Charles Oman
Adam & Charles Black, London 1965 (first edition 1934)
Closing our SEPTEMBER 2008 edition
of ASCAS Newsletter I hope you have appreciated its
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great
My thanks to Lisa
Bennett, Deborah Brierty, Linda Dempsey, Michael
Deshaies, Hymie Dinerstein, Jayne Dye, Mario Galasso,
Richard Hyman, Bernard Jouret, Ross Macrae, Robert
Massart, Karin Sixl-Daniell, Cristina Speluzzi, Haroune
Toumani, JoAnne Wilkinson, Kirk Williams for their
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