YOUR GUIDE TO AUGUST NEWSLETTER:
mail to ASCAS
replies to questions
a page per month
a silversmith per month
a word per month
a book on my shelf
a crest per month
contributors to this Newsletter
A new article for
Magdalena and William Isbister present:
Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century French Silver Thimble Masters' Mark
My wife has been interested in thimbles since the early 1970s and I became interested as a
result of buying thimbles for the collection during my many trips overseas to medical
meetings and conferences. It became mandatory for me to learn something about the items
that I was searching for and over the years, I became interested and a collector too! During
the time of our collecting, we have managed to amass a modest number of French thimbles
and we have spent many hours studying their markings and trying to identify their makers.
The assay marks for French silver are well documented and will not be discussed further in
Welcome to new ASCAS members:
MÚlanie Lecorneur - France
Katherine Williams - USA
Mail to ASCAS:
Melanie Carne writes:
... I recently purchased a lot of what I thought was old silver plate. I came across a piece that is rather unusual and has hallmarks similar to those in some of your articles. I am a layperson and I'm definitely no expert. I need someone to help me accurately identify this piece. Any assistance from you would be highly appreciated thank you.
Looks as pseudo hallmarks used by George Roth, see my website at http://www.silvercollection.it/germansilverhallmarks4.html
In this case could be 800/1000 silver
"A PAGE per MONTH"
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
"A WORD per MONTH"
In this column we
present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
THE GOLDSMITHS' HALL
THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE WORD "HALLMARK"
The Goldsmiths' Company is one of the twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London.
The origin of the Company dates to the 12th century when acted as a guild for goldsmiths trade, silversmiths and jewellers.
The general members of the Company are called Freemen. Becoming a member of the Company is achieved by Service (serving and completing apprenticeship), by Redemption (nominated and seconded by members and paying an entrance fee) or by Patrimony (having a parent with the status of Freeman at the time of applicant's birth).
Above the Freemen is the Livery, which is composed of Liverymen elected from the Freemen of the Company..... MORE...
"A SILVERSMITH per MONTH"
The firm claims to have been established in 1812, possibly by the descendants of Etienne de Tessier, a Huguenot refugee who arrived in England in 1712, but the first information about the business are in an 1841 directory listing a Griffin & Tessier, goldsmiths and silversmiths, at 32 South Audley Street.
One of the partners was Louis (Lewis) Alexander Tessier (c.1795-after 1861) who in 1851 advertised as Louis Tessier & Sons, active as artists in hair mourning jewellery at 32 Conduit Street and 32 South Audley Street.
After the retirement of L.A. Tessier (1857) the business was continued by his sons Henry Thomas Louis Tessier (1816-1891) and Edward Tessier.
The partnership, active also at 26 New Bond Street, was dissolved in 1869....
"A CREST per MONTH"
A peacock's head
The crest of Arbuthnot family (Bart., Edinburgh).
The motto is 'Innocent and true'
The crest was found on a silverplate Mustard pot (unmarked) and on an accompanying silverplate Mustard spoon made by Mappin & Webb
Closing our August 2016 edition of ASCAS Newsletter I hope
you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.
My thanks to Allen Carlson, Melanie Carne, Magdalena and William Isbister for their precious contributions.
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