newsletter # 43 - DECEMBER 2007
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Paulina Wojdak presents:
19th Century Sugar Boxes in Poland
Volumes were written about silver forms in gothic, renaissance and baroque, but hardly silver collectors have knowledge and information about Polish silver. The objective of this article is to familiarize collectors with 19th century Polish sugar boxes and illustrate types and varieties of these daily used items.......
Linda Drew presents:
The World of Mexican Silver Salts
"Worthwhile silver requires that it be identified with the name and reputation of its maker" William Spratling
The history of silver in Mexico combines both legend and fact.
Taxco is the center - it is located between Acapulco and southwest of Mexico City in the hills.
Before the Spanish arrived, the native Indians called it TLACHO meaning the place of the ballgame. According to local legend, the Aztecs had the locals pay tribute to them with gold bars. Cortes conquered the Aztecs in 1521 and then staked his mining claim in Taxco.......
Welcome to new ASCAS members:
Deb Sacco writes:
... I was wondering if you could help me date these egg shape salt & pepper shakers.
I can't locate any information on them. They are marked E.G. Webster & Son, Quadruple Plate and one is inscribed "Worlds Fair", the other "Souvenir".
I understand the trademark would date them 1873-1923. Correct me if this is in error.
To the best of my knowledge, these are circa 1898 - 1901. Likely 1898 Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition - Omaha, Nebraska. Or possibly Buffalo N.Y. 1901(Pan-American).
Other Worlds Fairs do not fit in with the trademark. My family was in the Omaha area post 1895 so I think the 1898 Expo in Omaha is most likely but can't document Webster items availability at any of the fairs or expos.
Do you know if other Webster & Son items are known from these expos?
Ben Arnold writes:
... I was given the plate silver dish some time ago and am attempting to find out something about it. As you can see, it has little silver left and I don't imagine it's worth much, but I like to know the age, the history of things.
I found the marks, "W" within a shield, a compass, "A" within a shield, and have determined that it was made by William Adams (Founded 1865), Birmingham, UK and New York, USA. Also, it had the number 49342 impressed upon its bottom, presumably a model number.
I am not at all sure it's a butter dish; I simply found something very much like it online by another maker and that was described as a shell butter dish.
Can you suggest a good reference book for William Adams' works? The history of this particular William Adams' company?
Do you, perhaps, know a better name for the type of dish this is?
John C. Fitzgerald writes:
... My grandfather won a cup in 1890 for the Senior Sculls at the Warrnambool Regatta in Victoria, Australia.
The cup is 15.5cms high and 10cms wide from handle to handle. The only damage is to what looks like an oar, being held by the figure on top of the cup. What would be the oar's blade had been broken.
The handles are emblazoned with a most expressive bearded man's visage.
The cup was presented to my paternal grandfather (J. C. Fitzgerald) for winning the Senior Sculls on the 15th February 1890 at the Warrnambool Regatta. The inscription recites the cup was presented by "Ë. Tilley" and that my grandfather was of the Footscray Club (Footscray being a suburb of Melbourne situated on the Maribyrnong River).
Warrnambool is a seaside city 365 Kilometres East of Melbourne. Now a centre for several small industries and for holidays but in the mid to late 19th century a bustling port and entry to the gold fields of Victoria and export port for the wool and produce of Western Victoria.
In the late 19th century and early 20th sculling and bike riding were dominant sports in Australia and both were professional. My grandfather was well known and a champion in both sports.
I attach also the photo of the Hallmark on the bottom of the cup.
Can you or someone you can refer me to help me to identify the markings
John C. Fitzgerald
Damien Francois writes:
... I found your web site researching information about an item I bought recently. It is extremely informative .... particularly for a novice as I am for silver matter.
About my piece, I know only that it was made in Denmark but the meaning of "HCF" and " DTA" (or D "hammer" A ?) marks is unknown to me.
Thank you in advance for your help.
Dave Weinhandl writes:
... I enjoy your site. I was searching for the definition of E.P.C.A. that I have on some of my Poole pieces. I can only find a reference for EPC.
Does someone know the meaning of EPCA? I assume it is an Electroplate type of some kind.
JoAnne Wilkinson writes:
... These say Lasserre on the front and there are some initials J D &S. I did as you suggested and looked it up on your website under those initials and found James Dixon & Sons. The Crown & Lion are the same but attached is the approx. letter and I couldn't decide what it is, so am attaching a drawn photo since I don't have a camera available to pick them up.
I appreciate all you did to help me, just curious who this Lasserre would be, a man or woman? Or is it the name for a particular design?
There is a loop on the back to sew them to whatever you want to use the buttons on and they are 1 1/8" in diameter.
The box says sterling silver on the satin.
Thanks for anything you can tell me.
receives these replies to his question about his
( see October/November Newsletter)
Fred Sinfield writes:
... A partial reply to Mario Galasso question.
Carlson receives further information about the
maker of his spoon:
( see October/November Newsletter)
Robert Massart writes:
... Reacting on the request of Allen Carlson
to define the maker of the stuffing spoon, he
also can find information on the website
receives this reply to the question
about the mark of his sugar tongs
( see October/November Newsletter):
Christophe Ginter writes:
...and referring to D. Bochet's
question, the mark is for:
month ASCAS presents two ancient
JUERGENS & ANDERSEN COMPANY
92-98 State Street CHICAGO
" ...making School Badges, College Pins, Secret Society Jewelry, Medals and all such work of that kind. We will be pleased to submit special designs in this kind of work. We will guarantee that the work will be right and at a low price. "
WEST SILVER CO.
".... Manufacturers of the F.B. ROGERS brand of silver-plated ware...."
The silver chatelaine is an
ornamental clasp worn in daytime
at a woman's waist, attached to
a belt of girdle with a
hook-plate from which are
suspended several (usually five
but up to nine) shorts chain
terminating with rings of swivel
catches to which are attached
various small objects for daily
Being an Account of the
ORIGIN, GROWTH, AND DECAY OF THE INDUSTRY
and of the
WHITE OR BRITANNIA METAL TRADE
CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF MAKERS' MARKS AND NUMEROUS
ILLUSTRATIONS OF SPECIMENS
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people having a common interest
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