Jeffrey Herman presents:
A Gorham sterling match safe restored using pulse arc
As any silversmith knows, silver solder is the ideal
material to use when joining sterling pieces by the
traditional method of brazing. Sometimes I will receive
an object which has been lead-soldered in the area in
need of repair (or re-repair).
Sometimes the joined area is not visually accessible,
and I don't know if lead has been used.
In either case, I cannot use silver solder because the
high temperature required will melt any lead in the
joint and allow it to form its own alloy with the
silver. Not pretty!....
Welcome to new ASCAS members:
Jesse Daniels - USA
Danielle Fourny - France
Sarah George - England UK
Dimitris Giannoglou - Greece
Leigh Greer - USA
Andrew Jacques - Canada
Susan McTigue - USA
John Potts - England UK
David A. Roberson - USA
Joseph Scerri - Malta
Joan Sticha - USA
Michael Wink - Germany
Members' Window # 95
Alan Yates presents:
Silver hallmarks: reproducing English and
While on holiday in England a number of years ago I
bought a lovely pair of modern cufflinks the sole
decoration of which was the hallmarks.
However, I lost one so I asked a goldsmith friend if he
could recommend anyone who could copy the remaining one
He took away the survivor and returned a few weeks later
with a new pair......
... I have silver castor which is very similar to that in your
I would love to know more about it.
Thank you for your time and look forward to hearing from you.
Your caster was made by The Goldsmiths & Silversmiths
Company, London 1919. Information about this firm are available
in my website at
Information about casters are available in ASCAS website at
Charles Deheselle writes:
... I hope you can help me about a set of French cutlery.
I'd wish to identify the maker and, possibly, the family owner
of the coat-of-arms.
I wonder also about the meaning of the inscription DEPOSE on the
Thanks in advance
The maker is Henri Chenailler, Manufacturer silversmith.
Sponsor's mark: radiating sun over HC over a 5 pointed star.
In our web site at
http://www.ascasonline.org/articoloAGOST133.html you can
read an article written by Robert Massart about the firm Paul
Canaux and successors.
This article was recently updated by the author adding new
interesting information about the chronology of the firm.
I believe that DEPOSE refers to a PATENT obtained (or requested)
for this flatware model.
I trust in the help of ASCAS members for a more complete and
qualified answer to your questions.
... I have silver holy water font of which I ignore origin and
Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated
Siddarth Lall writes:
... I'd wish to identify the maker of this bottle holder.
The mark is badly rubbed. Anyway I believe this is the
mark "JD over WD into a shield" belonging to John and William
Deakin of James Deakin & Sons. Information about this firm and
its marks are available in my website at
Francis Miot writes:
...I greatly appreciate your site, but I'm unable to find
information about the mark found in a pair of gold (I believe)
The mark is a three arms candlestick between an S and, possibly,
Thanks for your time.
Emil Fonfoneata writes:
... In the February 2012 newsletter there was a question
about a hand mirror.
That is a typical 19th Century Ottoman hand mirror, Turkey,
probably period of Abdulhamid II (tugra mark - 1876-1909)
In this column we present 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 month ASCAS presents a 1906 advertisement of:
ELECTRO SILVER POLISH SILICON
manufactured by "SILICON" 30 Cliff Street, New
...Its cardinal merit, great brilliancy without abrasion, has made it
famous around the world.
At grocers and druggists. Box postpaid 15 cts.
Trial quality for the asking.
Electro-Silicon silver soap for washing and
polishing Gold and Silver has equal merits. 15
"A WORD per MONTH"
EGG BOILER - EGG CODDLER
The egg boiler (or egg coddler) is a vessel used to
boil or coddler one or more eggs.
It has a cylindrical or oval shape with a dome.
The receptacle contains a frame or wire rings holding
the eggs while being cooked.
The central handle with a loop allows to lift the device
from the water.
They are usually accompanied by a stand holding a spirit
"A SILVERSMITH per MONTH"
DANIEL & ARTER
The firm was established in
Birmingham in the late 19th century (the first known
sterling silver hallmark was entered in Birmingham Assay
Office in 1882).
The founders were Thomas Henry Daniel (died 1897) and
Thomas Richard Arter (died c. 1915) and was active at
Globe Nevada Silver Works, Highgate Street, Birmingham
as makers of brass, nickel-silver and electro-plated
spoons, forks, ladles, etc. (1892).
The firm had also a London showroom at 62 Holborn
Viaduct (until 1896) and later at 98 Hatton
"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 bookcase.
ASCAS members are invited to contribute to this column
(click to enlarge images)
In the "book on my shelf" of this month Karin Sixl-Daniell
Princely Treasures from The
from the Museum of Applied Arts and the
Hungarian National Museum, Budapest
Edited by Andras Szilagyi
Paul Holberton Publishing. London 2004
This book presents magnificent artifacts
collected by an aristocratic family of fabulous
wealth. It shows goldsmiths' work and jewelry of
extraordinary quality, dating from the fifteenth
through the seventeenth centuries. These include
some of the finest creations of their time by
artists such as Hans Petzolt of Nuremberg and
Augsburg's Drentwett family, as well as other
renowned German and Hungarian goldsmiths of the
Mannerist and Baroque era. There are also objects
from the nineteenth century illustrating the career
of the international diplomat Pál Esterhazy. The
book explains the more important phases in the
evolution and growth of this outstanding collection.
The Esterhazy treasures, as well as the Esterhazy
family themselves, have an extraordinary history,
including tragic losses and damage through bombing
in 1945. Since then, many of the damaged pieces have
been brought back to life after years of meticulous
restoration. Many pieces in the Esterhazy collection
and the Esterhazys themselves are inextricably
linked at numerous points to many important
developments in the political and diplomatic history
of Europe. No other book in English documents this
Closing our April 2012 edition of ASCAS Newsletter I
hope you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.
My thanks to Charles Deheselle, Emil Fonfoneata, Jeffrey Herman,
Siddarth Lall, Robin Holmes, Francis Miot, Karin Sixl-Daniell,
Alan Yates for their invaluable contributions.
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