ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver         newsletter # 22 February 2006

Two new articles for ASCAS website

bowl: Robert Garrard, London, 1851 Giovanni Ciceri presents:

A Victorian sugar bowl of exceptional quality

Una bowl vittoriana di straordinaria qualit

The description of a bowl (probably a sugar bowl) manufactured in London in 1851 by the well known Royal Silversmith Robert Garrard.
English English version / Italiano Italian version

three pieces mocha or tea set and a tray
Martine D'Haeseleer presents:

Philippe Wolfers' Japonism in Belgium

the history of the well known Belgian silversmith Philippe Wolfers and his family workshop.
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New members

Welcome to new ASCAS members:  

Linda Bassano - USA
Daniel Botnick - USA
Jacqueline Breckpot - Belgium
Xtine Cabrera - USA
Laurence Clements - South Africa
Lisa Clews - Scotland UK
Sergio A. Corona-Paez - Mexico
David D'Agnew - USA
Patrick Daneels - Belgium
Marcel De Haan - Holland
Marynell Grafwallner - USA
Shannon Greene - USA
Mike I. Gross - USA
Candice Hern - USA
Maja Heynecke - South Africa
Giampiero Ierbulla - Italy
Susan Lapsley - USA
Liz Lillis - USA
Luis C. Lopes - Portugal
Jocelyne Marchand - Canada
Peggy Martines - USA
Samuel Morellato - Italy
Richardson Schell - USA
Stephen Silver - USA
Rose Smuts - South Africa
Gordon Taylor - England UK
Shannon Trauring - USA
Kath Wells - Australia
Giuditta Zaidensztadt - Italy

Members' Window # 22

five Italian silver vase of 20th century
Giorgio Busetto presents:

Forty years of Italian silver vases

Following through five silver vases the evolution of taste in Italy in the first half of the past century

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Questions from ASCAS members

Wayne Robbins writes:
......I am sending a few photos of an item I recently acquired. It is a needle case hallmarked 1799 by Samuel Pemberton of Birmingham.
I have never seen one shaped like this. It may be more accurately described as an etui ...
I really don't know. I would appreciate any feedback from other members who may know more about it.
I am aware that Samuel Pemberton was quite active in making snuff boxes. Just wondering if this is kind of a rare item for him to have made.
Many thanks.
Wayne Robbins


Christina R. Green writes:
...I have what I thought was a tea pot made by Reed & Barton with the number 2765 on the bottom. I paid for an appraisal and was told it was a Victorian hot water pot and the base was missing. Can you tell me where I could find a photo to compare mine to? I do not agree with the appraisal as my item has four legs and measures 9 in tall and 5.5 wide unlike the large example photo the appraiser sent me. I have sent along some photos Also note the pot is very tarnished.
Thank you for your time,


Nikica Vuletic submits two questions:
...On some Italian silver objects i found hallmark REC in a lozenge. In handbooks I was not able to find meaning of this hallmark. I do not believe it could be a makers mark or manufacture but rather some official state mark (tax, import, export ??).
REC on my photo is stamped on a teapot that I bought in Croatia (with AL -town of Alessandria- hallmark with fascio).
Another hallmark REC is together with '800' on the bottom of a silver glass bought in Trieste (Italy: near the Croatian border).

The use of the lozenge 'REC' as an official Italian hallmark is unknown to me.
I believe it may be a maker's mark (of unusual shape!) or a mark used during Italian occupation of Croatia in WW2.
Giorgio Busetto
Another question: an old Venetian silver religious lamp (Lux Aethernam) is marked with leone San Marco (St. Mark's lion) and control hallmark as one in the photo below.
I do not have mentioned book or any similar that would help me to precisely date this hallmark.

damaged hanging lamp
Venice's hallmark
computer reconstruction of the silver lamp
The mark refers to Zuan Piero Grappiglia, assayer in Venice (saggiatore di Zecca), active from mid 18th to the beginning of 19th century.
Giorgio Busetto

George Zochowski writes:
...Does any member of the association have a de-code list of hallmarks on Egyptian silver?
Left mark = fineness ( ? 800)
Middle mark = Lotus flower (Egypt, post 1946)
Right mark = Date of assay
I cannot find references for fineness and date glyphs
Would appreciate any information

Rick Bakke writes:
... I have recently inherited a small set of tea spoons that I am trying to find out some information on. I do not expect they are worth much but it would be nice to know some history or information on them.
They were brought to America from Germany by my Wife's Great Great Grandmother.
Can you tell me anything about them based on the pictures attached?
5 tea-spoons in a red lined box.
Engraving on back: M.L.
Embossed on back: E.K. 13
Hallmark: per picture
Thank you for your time and any information you might be able to supply.
Rick Bakke

Cindy Sephton writes:
... I came across this old marked Sheffield Plate antique fruit bowl or ??? It has "SHEFFIELD PLATE" in a semi circle over a "crown" with "547" printed under the crown. There is also a shield with a figure in it and lines going vertically through the shield.
There are grape clusters and vines surrounding the edge of the bowl.
You can tell it is very old and very heavy for this type of bowl.
It is a blue grey silver color but darkened from tarnish.
I am ready to go get it cleaned at a jeweller but I would like to know the best way to have it cleaned.
It's a beautiful piece and the hallmark on bottom is slightly wearing and I do not want it to be affected by cleaning.
Who would be able to tell me how old it is and a little history behind it?
I love antiques but especially old silver.
Thanks for any information.
Cindy Sephton


What is this piece ???

Nikica Vuletic submits this Mystery object:
I have a mysterious silver object (or only a part of an object) that has 19th century Rome (Papal State) hallmark.
I do not know if some parts are missing (lid or or glass liner) or it may even be complete (maybe a vase of unknown use or an elongated salt cellar)
It weighs about 120 grams and is 12 centimeters tall.

a mystery object a mystery object a mystery object: hallmarks
The object has the hallmark used in the Papal State between 1815 and 1870 to identify 889/1000 fineness silver (Chiavi di San Pietro e tiara pontificia) and a further assay mark '800' added after Rome's annexion to the Kingdom of Italy (September 20, 1870).
I hope that ASCAS members may identify this unusual object (a religious vase?, part of an inkstand set? or other?)

This month 180 members not confirming their 2006 membership were cancelled from ASCAS files.
My thanks to 200 'survivors', most of them belonging to ASCAS since 2004 (ASCAS was founded in April 2004).
ASCAS confirms its status of no-profit association, without commercial links and opened to whomever has a true interest for the knowledge of antique silver. It has no commercial objective, no fees are requested nor accepted from members and, therefore, the association is not available to manage and distribute hundreds of unread e-mails.
Members are requested to contribute to maintain ASCAS alive supplying articles, photos, information or, at least, reading (and I hope appreciating) our Monthly Newsletters.

Your comments, suggestions and advice on February 2006 Newsletter will be of great help.

My thanks to Rick Bakke (USA), Giovanni Ciceri (Italy), Martine D'Haeseleer (Belgium/Spain), Christina R. Green (USA), Wayne Robbins (USA), Cindy Sephton (USA), Nikica Vuletic (Croatia), George Zochowski (UK) for their invaluable contributions.

Giorgio Busetto

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