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Robert Massart presents:
Powdering with Style
Silver Powder Puff Boxes of the 20th Century
Since centuries women use make-up to make themselves
more attractive to please men. During the Art Nouveau
and Art Deco periods it was not different and the powder
puff box was part of the vanity accessories of a lady's
Welcome to new ASCAS members:
Stéphanie Brown - Canada
Paola Continella - Italy
Frank Church - Australia
Ian Fleming - Australia
Neil Freeman - Australia
David Gogulski - USA
Nael Hamdy - Egypt
Linda A. May - USA
Francisco J. Morales - USA
Michael Roche - USA
Stephen Wooster-Goodwin - USA
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Darcy Williamson writes:
... I came across an antique silver teapot my Great
Grandmother gave to my Grandmother. I was interested in its
history and I can send some pictures if you would like to give
it a look.
Thanks for your time,
Your teapot was made by Philip Ashberry & Sons 21 Bowling
Green St, Sheffield - 1856-1935
Philip Ashberry began trading in 1829 making Britannia metal
wares. The names SAVOY and STAYBRIGHT were used in early 20th
century cutlery. Your mark was used 1861-1915.
Further images and information are available in my private
Laura A Bürgermeister writes:
... I am writing to ask for your help identifying a silver
hallmark, that I have never seen before and that I can find no
description of anywhere.
I was told it is supposed to be from Belgium, but would kindly
ask you to help me identify the hallmarks (they are stamped on a
Thank you very much for your time and effort in advance!
Laura A Bürgermeister
Christophe Ginter writes:
... Does anybody by ASCAS know about this silversmith (his
name and period of activity) ?
Please find herewith the marks: top is Geneva (Switzerland),ca.
Bottom is the silversmith named "ET", his initials with a crown
and a star. Still unknown for me.
By the way, I would be very grateful to learn about a book
refering to swiss hallmarks (even in German language).
Many thanks in advance for your help.
Cristina Speluzzi writes:
This one is silver, Italian and signed G. Accarisi, Firenze.
... I saw your page about " Chatelaines" in December
Newsletter. I include some pictures of a couple of "chatelaînes"
I bought long ago.
The first one is not silver and in my opinion is very pretty. I
stuffed it with a pink cloth to show the details better.
It is some sort of purse.
Unfortunately I was unable to find information about the
maker Accarisi, Florence.
David Appleton writes:
... I have been doing research into some old croquet trophies
and have found your web-site very useful.
With its help I have been able to identify the makers of all 5
of the trophies we have from 1875 to 1913 (editor's note:
Mr. Appletom refers to the English hallmarks pages in my private
website www.silvercollection.it ).
The only satisfactory photographs I have so far were provided
by Gail & Tremaine Arkley of Independence, Oregon, who recently
donated several trophies to the Scottish Croquet Association.
They are of a cup which a Mr CJK Woolston of Wellingborough,
Northamptonshire, England gave to the winner of the 1913
Scottish Croquet Championship. In fact he gave a cup each year
from 1902 to 1913, and probably 1901 and 1914 as well.
One of his sons had won the Championship in 1900, which may have
prompted this very generous gesture.
The Arkleys also gave us the 1906 trophy. The cups were both
bought from the Edinburgh shop of Wilson & Sharp, whose hallmark
(and the date-letter for Birmingham assay office, 1912) appears
on the 1913 trophy; that on the 1906 one is for the firm of
Hawksworth, Eyre & Co Ltd (with the date-letter for London,
They have been made to similar designs but are not identical.
The 1906 trophy has been engraved with the name of the winner
(AG Boumphrey) but there is no name on the 1913 trophy (which
was won by J Hughes).
Including the handles the cups are 23 cm wide and 12.5 cm high.
There are also two interesting medals which I have scanned in.
The first, a silver medal inscribed "United All England Croquet
Association", and won by Miss M Fenwicke of Darlington, Co
Durham, England, is about 2.7 cm in diameter. It was made by the
firm of Cornelius Desormeaux Saunders & James Francis Hollings
Shepherd of Holborn Circus, London and has the London
date-letter for 1898, the year it was played for according to
the bar on the ribbon.
The United All England Croquet Association was founded in 1897
and changed its name to the Croquet Association in 1900, so this
little item must be comparatively rare.
The second is a replica of the medal struck to commemorate the
coronation, in 1911, of King George V and Queen Mary. It is 3.8
cm in diameter and weighs about 22 gm. It is housed in a case
labelled JS & WW Lawson, 172 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, but the
hallmark is that of Marples & Beasley and the assay office
The firm produced a number of interesting items, such as Masonic
and military badges as well as the Robertson’s golly [a
There is no record of the medal having been played for.
The donor was Daniel Macaulay Stevenson. Although he never won
the Championship he was twice runner-up. Possibly he was too
busy to practise quite enough as he was Lord Provost of Glasgow
for three years from 1911, receiving a baronetcy in 1914
[Provost in Scotland = Mayor in England].
As a town councillor he had succeeded, in the face of Scottish
Presbyterianism, in having Glasgow open its libraries and
museums to the public on Sundays. He made his fortune from coal
and shipping and was one of Glasgow University’s greatest
benefactors, endowing chairs in French, Spanish and Italian
(among others) in an effort to promote understanding between
In 1934, though aged over 80, he was elected Chancellor of the
university, a post he held until his death ten years later.
[Craiglockhart Croquet Club was in Edinburgh and was also where
the Championship was played.]
I hope that is of some interest to you. If you ever hear of any
more Scottish coquet trophies being available I would be pleased
David Appleton is the Treasurer of the Scottish Croquet
Information to contact Mr. Appleton is available in the Scottish
Croquet Association website at
Replies to questions
receives another reply to the question about his
( see October/November Newsletter)
Karin Sixl-Daniell writes:
... AS usually stood for “Alpacca Silber” – I
presume that the maker intended to use the year of
production (which was given in the Viennese hallmarks
until 1866) but showed that it is Alpacca Silber, and
not solid silver (13 or 15 Loth). As to the maker, a
Josef Bachmann was entered in the mid 19th century
(examples shown in Neuwirth (Wiener Silber 1781-1866)
for 1857 and 1860) and Wenzel Bachmann & Co. are shown
in Neuwirth (Wiener Gold- und Silberschmiede und ihre
Punzen 1867-1922) on page 86, but with a different
hallmark from what is shown on the candlesticks. I was
not aware of Bachmann having been warranted to use the
Hapsburg eagle (and cannot find any mentioning thereof
in any of Neuwirth’s books), so am unable to help here.
Weinhandl receives this reply to his question
( see December Newsletter)
Ian Cook writes:
... I would like to respond to Dave
Weinhandl's question on EPCA. I believe that
this means Electro Plated Copper Alloy, although
I have heard it referred to as Electro Plated
receives this reply to the question
about his Danish cup:
( see December Newsletter)
Fred Sinfield writes:
... In response to Damien Francois -
The "DA" mark is found on various metal
products dating from a period of high
unemployment in the 1920's.
It was "Dansk arbejd" or made in Denmark
with a hammer.
The maker's mark is G. Guldbrandsen of
"A PAGE per
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 members.
The images will be published at a "low
resolution" level and for private and
personal use only
This month ASCAS presents the "
Baby Rattles" page from the
1917-18 Webster Company - North
Silverware and Novelties"
"A WORD per
In this column
we presents an abstract from a page of
the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
JEWELERS TRADE CARD
The history of trade cards
begins with the problem American
manufacturers had in the 1870's.
They were beginning to produce
and distribute consumer goods on
a national wide scale - but
there was no advertising medium
of truly national circulation.
Their need, together with the
perfecting of inexpensive
methods of color lithography,
gave birth to a fascinating
phenomenon, at once folk art and
effective business device; the
"A BOOK ON
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
by Gerald Taylor
printed by Penguin Books Ltd
Second Edition 1963
A New Book
by an ASCAS Member
Graham Hodges is a member of ASCAS
with a particular interest in British
Silver Sugar Tongs.
available in our website
In August 2005 he published for ASCAS an
interesting article " Georgian Silver
Sugar Tongs of the Period 1770 - 1820",
About the matter of his interest he has
written now a book titled Georgian
Silver Sugar Tongs (expected
publishing date: 10th January 2008).
Information about the book and how to
order it are available in author's
JANUARY 2008 edition of ASCAS Newsletter
I hope you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice
will be of great help.
thanks to David Appleton (Scotland UK),
Laura A Bürgermeister,
Christophe Ginter (France),
Robert Massart (Belgium), Fredric
Sinfield (Australia), Karin Sixl-Daniell,
Cristina Speluzzi (Argentina) and Darcy
Williamson, for their invaluable
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