ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silvernewsletter # 115 December 2013 SITE MAP
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A new article for ASCAS website

This pattern, called Antique Lily Engraved or just plain Lily, was made by a handful of companies
Patricia Finney presents:

19th Century American Brightcut Flatware English version

"Brightcut" is a kind of engraving that many English-speaking collectors associate with 18th century British and American silver. But later 19th century American brightcut is a different animal altogether. Quite a lot of the solid silver flatware sold in the US from 1860 to about 1895 was brightcut. Some was in matching patterns and some was more one-off, especially the decoration on large serving pieces such as fish sets and berry spoons.

A definition of brightcutting adapted from a collectors' site is, a metal engraving technique created by chiseling light-reflecting facets that stand out brilliantly on the metal's surface.

Brightcutting on silver became so popular in the US in the 1870s and 1880s that it's hard to group the flatware into categories. But some contrasts can be drawn....
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Josiane Poupon writes:
... I have two cups solid silver that seems to be Russian. Could you please help me determine their origin?
Many thanks
Josiane Poupon
The cup n. 1 has (apparently) Russian marks, assayer Victor Savinkov, date Moscow 1876 (but I suspect it's a fake: see my website at
The cup n. 2 have Austrian marks (see my website at )
Giorgio Busetto

Claudio Pellegrino writes:
...I am trying to identify the unique mark (lion or leopard? head in dotted oval) on a single dessert knife, perhaps a model
The remaining knives, fiddle and shell model, present the silversmith mark A.S. in double lozenge, perhaps Antonio Sciaccaluga active in Genoa 1843-1865.
The associated French "couvert" shows the marker's mark C. MAHLER in horizontal lozenge and the mark Minerve 1. Charles Salomon Mahler is a "cuilleriste" active in Paris 1818-1838
Hallmark of Savoia Eagle and Genoa Dolphin are also present on all knives, forks and spoons.
Thank you in advance and best regard.
Claudio Pellegrino

Nidhi Bhatt writes:
...Please help me identify the maker of this French solid silver serving spoon in variant fiddle pattern.
Nidhi Bhatt

Robin Holmes writes:
... I have this classic shaped late 18th century coffee pot, that at first glance thought was German.
But the marks don't help. I see that you had a question in the January 2009 newsletter where you asked for info re the A800 mark. Even the wolf/dog head with W.Z has me bamboozled.
Best regards,
Robin Holmes

Replies to questions

Riccardo Bonardi receives this answer about the marks of his chalice
(see November 2013 Newsletter)
Charles C. Cage writes
Regarding the marks on Riccardo Bonardi's Belgian chalice, the mark with the 'D' below a crucible support is that of the maker Henricus De Curte (1821-aft. 1868), a gold-, silversmith and jeweler working in Ghent from 1848. The other mark - 'V' with a pair of balance pans -is that of the assayer Amand Joseph Vandenhende (1796-after 1869), working in Ghent 1836-1869.
In Belgium, the assayer's mark was struck only on pieces assayed by cupellation before they were assembled by the silversmith; items tested by touch-needle or after their completion will not carry an assayer's mark.
Charles C. Cage

Jolyon Warwick James receives this answer about the marks of his spoon
(see March 2010 Newsletter)
Maurice R Meslans writes
I was looking for something on the internet, and ran across a question about a spoon with a FVB mark, in the next issue someone thought it was French.
I don't think anyone ever answered it again. The lady's head mark is that of Rio de Janeiro and I was told that it was probably made by either Francisco Victor Bennassi ca. 1836 or Francisco Victor Bernard 1817-1826.
Maurice R Meslans


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 Busetto's website home page

Matthew Boulton, Soho Manufactory image
This month ASCAS presents an ancient image of Soho manufactory of Matthew Boulton


At the beginning of the 19th century, Matthew Boulton was the larger silver and Sheffield Plate manufacturer in Birmingham

This image is part of the FACTORIES, PLANTS, SALESROOMS, SHOPS AND WORKSHOPS section of website


In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
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silver sponge and soap box


Spherical soap and sponge boxes were made in pair and usually accompanied a silver shaving basin (an oval bowl with a broad notched rim that allowed the basin to be pressed against a gentleman's neck while he was being shaved).

The piercing on the sponge box aimed to facilitate air circulation and dry the damp sponge. The unpierced box accommodate a ball of soap....... more



In this column we present marks, information and history of silversmiths and silver manufacturers.
This column is published under the kind permission of Giorgio Busetto's website home page




The firm was established in Sheffield in 1786 as Roberts, Cadman & Co. The firm was managed by Samuel Roberts Jr. (son of Samuel Roberts Sr.) and George Cadman (who served his apprenticeship under Samuel Roberts Sr.). A "sleeping" partner (only financial, until c. 1794) was the Rev. Benjamin Naylor.
They were active as tableware manufacturers in Eyre Street, Sheffield, in the premises owned by Samuel Roberts Sr.
The partnership, with the addition of George Ingall (1816), lasted until 1826 when was succeeded by S. Roberts, Smith & Co. The partners of the new firm were Samuel Roberts Jr., his nephew Evan Smith, his cousin's son, Sidney Roberts and William Sissons....



In this column we present images and descriptions of Crests and Mottoes of British, Irish and Scottish families as engraved on silver items.
This column is published under the kind permission of Giorgio Busetto's website home page



ANDERSON (1), BASTARD (2), CLARKE (3), DAVY (4), ELIOT (5), ELLIOT (6), ELLIOTT (7), ELLYOTT (8), GARDNER (9), KEBLE( 10), OLIPHANT (11), PARKER (12), PUTLAND (13), SMITH (14), UVERY (15), WESTBY (16), YATE (17), YEVEREY (18),



family crest: ANDERSON, BASTARD  and many other families of England, Scotland and Ireland

cut glass box with silver lid bearing family crest of ANDERSON, BASTARD  and many other families of England, Scotland and Ireland
A crest of slightly different shapes used by many English, Irish and Scottish families.

(1) Glasgow (2) Aslington, Norf. (3) Suff. (4) unknown (5) Eng. (6) Cornw. (7) Cornw. (8) Eng. (9) Eng. (10) unknown (11) unknown (12) Kent (13) unknown (14) Notts. (15) Eng. (16) Eng. (17) Glouc. (18) Eng. (19) unknown (20) unknown (21) Kent (22) Eng. (23) Eng. (24) Eng. (25) Suss. (26) Eng. (27) Eng. (28) Eng. (29) Sco. (30) Eng. (31) Bucks and Northamp. (32) Northamp. (33) Iri. (34) Molland, Devons. (35) unknown

The crest is described as "an elephant head, couped".

The crest was found on a cut glass box with silver lid, hallmarked London, 1818, silversmith maker Henry Tippen
cut glass box with silver lid bearing family crest of ANDERSON, BASTARD  and many other families of England, Scotland and Ireland

hallmark London 1818, Maker Henry Tippen on cut glass box with silver lid

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Closing our DECEMBER 2013 edition of ASCAS Newsletter I hope you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.

My thanks to Nidhi Bhatt, Charles C. Cage, Patricia Finney, Robin Holmes, Maurice R Meslans, Claudio Pellegrino and Josiane Poupon for their precious contributions.

Giorgio Busetto
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