LETTER TO MEMBERS
ASCAS was created three years ago. Its main objective was to
offer to its members a space for publishing articles,
information and photos sharing their knowledge with other
A rate of two articles per month was maintained till June 2007,
when the lack of new material allowed the publication of only one
article. Scarcity of material repeated last month, when only
Giovanni Ciceri's courtesy (with his "last minute" excellent
article on Britannia Standard) allowed the publication of August
This month no new article was supplied by members and I'll try
to remedy this sad situation by publishing in the September Newsletter a reprint of one of
my old articles (published long time ago in my private website
and in 'Open Salt Collectors National Newsletter # 12').
But without the help of other members I'm unable to maintain the
monthly frequency of ASCAS Newsletter.
I regret to announce that from next month (October 2007) I'll be
obliged to suspend monthly issues of the ASCAS Newsletter. I hope
that this will be only a temporary suspension and I'm ready to
edit new issues as soon as new articles become available.
This announcement does not signify that ASCAS has ceased its activity.
The ASCAS website will be maintained alive and new memberships will
be accepted "with reserve" (in truthful wait to start again ASCAS activity).
I hope that, with your support, this temporary difficulty will
be overcome and many other ASCAS Newsletters will arrive soon in
Ciao a tutti.
Giorgio Busetto presents:
English Silver Salts
The salt was the principal article of domestic plate in
English houses of whatever degree. The massive salt
cellar, which adorned the centre of the table, served to
indicate the importance of the owner and to divide the
lord and his nobler guests from the inferior guests and
menial, who were entitled to places 'below the salt' and
at the lower ends of the table only .....
Welcome to new ASCAS members:
Jacque Brown - USA
Allen Carlson - USA
Jeannine Fallino - USA
Gail Howard - New Zealand
Marcus Johnson - USA
Wendy Posner - USA
Sharyn Schulze - USA
James Schumacher - USA
Members' Window # 41
Robert Massart writes:
... Please find attached pictures of a silver Kiddush cup. I
was looking in the Russian hallmarks of the ASCAS dictionary and
found 1 hallmark (KIEV silversmith IEZ nr 197 (P-L 617) which
corresponds seemingly with the hallmark on the cup.
Can you confirm this? Do you have any idea about the date the
cup was manufactured?
I am a real uninitiated concerning Russian hallmarks and maker's
mark, so any help of your side is welcome for me.
Thanks again for your taking care of my request.
you are right: the mark is P-L # 617. If you look on my private
you'll find some other information.
The mark 'unidentified' in P-L corresponds, possibly, to Igor
Zavyandv Successors (I find this note in my files, but I don't
remember where I found this information).
H is the initial of 'Nasdelniki' = Successors
Female head towards right is the mark of Kiev used 1908 - 1926
Michael Friedman writes:
... I have three pictures of a sterling teapot set I cannot
determine the pattern nor the origin/time period. I have
researched the matter for 6 months and cannot find anyone who
can help me. Maybe you can. The set is marked Bradford Sterling.
It resembles late 19th century English teapot sets I have seen
although I know of no Mfg named Bradford Sterling.
Please examine the photos and help me with whatever info you can
come up with.
Maurice R. Meslans writes:
... I am trying to identify the marks on the medal in the
pictures enclosed. I believe it is a medaglia "ombellicale" from
Sicily. Although quite honestly I donít know how they got that
Maurice R, Meslans
I'm unable to identify the mark of your medal nor do I know if your
item is a " medaglia ombelicale".
What I know is that a coin (or a medal?) was used to restrain
newborns' umbilical hernia (an ancient popular remedy not
approved by modern medicine).
Gordon Tibbles writes:
... I was wondering if you could help me with several spoons
brought back from France after WWI? They depict each of the
major battles in which Canadian soldiers saw action.
Noted is Minerva with the numeral 2 lower right field, which I
assume means .800 silver. There is a diamond with A & D, with
some manner of design between.
The spoon pictured commemorates the battle at Lille, in block
print on shield at top, and in script on spoon.
Do you have any information as to when and where these spoons
your spoon was made in France, but I'm unable to identify
the maker. I hope that someone well acquainted with French
maker's marks may reply to your question.
Alessandro Colemann writes:
... my little Victorian ladle is marked GA and I'd wish to
know who its maker is.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
the maker is George William Adams.
Hosea Jones writes:
... I have a silver spoon with the hallmark of what appears
to be a four-leaf clover inside a circle on the back of the
handle, just at the base of the handle, before the bowl.
The spoon also says: "STERLING" and "PAT. 92".
I'd need information for a possible match with what I have to
find the manufacturer?
Jean-Luc Stas writes:
... I have a trimmer that I have identified with you
beautiful internet site about England Mark. I think it's 1800
silver London work but I don't identified the maker. I think it
is "Wb". When I will know the silversmith, how can having
information about it?
It exist also a monogram on the bowl. what is it? Do you known
Thanks for your help.
the monogram is, possibly, the initials of an owner. I'm not
aware about a maker "Wb".
According to Jackson there was a mark "WB" belonging to Wilkes
Booth, mark entered 1787. This silversmith was known as maker of
Wendy Posner writes:
... I'm sending some info on my Russian Niello Cigarette Box.
The Box Measures 2.5" X 4" X .5". It was my grandfather's and I
believe he brought it with him from Europe (?) at the end of the
I can't get a good picture of the marks but here's a description:
Left most box - a depressed square with AE impressed - Probably
a maker's mark
Slightly to the left is a series of three boxes each a square
with clipped corners.
The left most box says AC over a line that says 1895 - the
middle box says 84 with upper and lower - in-between the 8 and
the 4 - the far right box has a stamped mark of a helmeted
figure on a horse, carrying a spear.
The background around the marks in the squares is brass in
Top Lid the AE is there in a square and there is a separate mark
of an 84 and the horse/rider sign in a fused set of two circles.
Your thoughts are most appreciated.
Your cigarette case is Russian, made in Moskow (St.George on
horse), but I'm unable to find neither the assayer (AC) nor the
maker AE Posnikova-Loseva book.
...I've another puzzle. A week ago, I picked up a set of
12 charger plates (10.5 inches across) with a full hallmark that
reads GAB - Touch mark of a two handled urn in an oval - NS ALP
on the front of each plate.
84 is the fineness degree in zolotnicki. More information about
Russian marks is available in the Russian section of my private
I believe them to be silver (plate?) and Swedish. Picture is
Any help with Manufacturer, pattern, silver content, and/or
value would be most helpful.
I've no information about maker GAB. I believe that the
meaning of NS ALP is NICKEL SILVER ALPACCA.
Some information about silver plate is available in my website
Replies to questions
Sinfield receives these replies to his question about
his Russian badge:
( see August Newsletter)
Adam Goldsmith writes:
... Fredric Sinfieldís badge was made between 1880
and 1896 in Moscow by Adrian Ivanov who worked between
1893 and 1917. (Postnikova Loseva mark no. 2179)
Norma Young writes:
.... Moscow marks, 1891-96, gilded and turquoise (?)
enamel on silver, could it be Aleksandr Mukhin (active
19th Century)? But also there are other late 19th
Century makers with AM who haven't been traced.
Seems to be a relatively common badge/award, and not
necessarily regimental. Similar Tsarist awards to
graduates of Academic and other Institutions. All have
the double headed eagle, and central badge on eagle's
chest, and small badges scattered to left and right of
The use of the Laurel Leaves would strongly suggest an
Academic (merit) award.
A similar - with two swans drinking from communal wine
cup - is noted as given to recipient in Medicine.
Apparently an illustrated reference book exists titled "Badges
of Russia", Vol. 1 by S. Patrikeev and A. Bojnovich, St.
addition about the mark of Crystal Stevens'
Russian Cup question:
(see August Newsletter)
... The maker was correctly identified in
Geoffrey Watts - Russian Silversmiths' Hallmarks
as Pyetr Lobanov (1861 - 1883) working in Moscow.
Also Adam Goldsmith identified the mark as "Petr
Lobanov (Postnikova Loseva mark no. 2782)" .
I misunderstood the mark in Crystal's photo. It
is PAL and not DAI. Date 1861-1883 is the period
of activity of this silversmith and the date is
on line with the 1861 date of assaying.
"A PAGE per MONTH"
In this column we present a
page (one page only) obtained from makers' brochures,
books, auction catalogs or whatever other printed paper,
which may be of particular interest for ASCAS members.
The images will be published at a "low resolution" level
and for private and personal use only
month ASCAS presents a 1903 leaflet by Gorham Co.,
Silversmiths and Goldsmiths, Broadway at 19th
Street, New York advertising " HAND-WROUGHT
SILVERWARE" representing the " the recent
creations of their most skilled designers and
SILVER SOCIETY OF CANADA
||The Silver Society of Canada published its JOURNAL 2007, Volume 10.
This edition of the Journal is a 92 pages magazine with many intersting articles and informatiom.
Click on the photo for a larger image of its content.
For information about Silver Society of Canada, its Journal and membership contact:
DOROTHEA BURSTYN, Co-Founder and President: DBURSTYN@ROGERS.COM
PHILIP CHEONG - Secretary: SSC.SECRETARY@YAHOO.COM
"A WORD per MONTH"
In this column we presents an
abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
coaster is a type of dinner table accessory,
usually circular, that was used to protect the
surface of the dinner table from being scratched
by the bottom of wine-bottles.
It is a small circular device with plain or
pierced silver or plated sides on wooden bases
mounted on baize, to slide decanters and bottles
along the table. The Farrer Collection contains
a fine bowl-shaped bottle-stand made by Ausutin
Courtauld in 1741, but the ordinary varieties of
coasters and decanter-stands made their
appearance during the Adam period.......
Closing our SEPTEMBER 2007 edition
of ASCAS Newsletter I hope you have appreciated its
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great
My thanks to Alessandro
Colemann (Italy), Jayne Dye (USA), Michael Friedman
(USA), Hosea Jones (USA), Robert Massart (Belgium),
Maurice R. Meslans (Belgium), Wendy Posner (USA),
Jean-Luc Stas (France), Gordon Tibbles (Canada) for
their invaluable contributions.
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