ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver newsletter # 105 February 2013 SITE MAP
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identification of the different parts of a candlestick
Giovanni Ciceri presents:

British cast candlesticks
A piece of beauty and a challenge for collectors
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The use of candlesticks is documented since the antique Greek period and the Roman Empire. Candlesticks have been produced in all periods but it is just after the restoration of monarchy (1660) that in England survived a sufficient number of pieces to allow scholars to describe in details their evolution in style and shape.
During Charles II period (around 1670) candlesticks were generally made of hammered silver. They were highly ornate and with a square base, but lobed section base examples are also known .....
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A view of Geislingen factory taken from the 1912 WMF headed form
Dr. David N. Nikogosyan presents:

Marks of European Silver Plate: XIV Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik (WMF), Geislingen, Wurtemberg, Germany English version

WMF is the abbreviation for Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik, which in English means Wurtemberg Metalware Factory. The history of this foundry is well documented. WMF was created in 1880 after the successful merger of two Wurtemberg foundries, the Geislingen factory belonging to Daniel Straub (Straub & Sohn) and the Esslingen factory of Alfred Ritter (A. Ritter & Co.). The first foundry was commercially more successful, while the second one was using a more advanced technology of galvanic silver deposition, which was first applied in Esslingen by the German chemist Carl Haegele (in 1871), the brother-in-law of Alfred Ritter. In 1881, after the retirement of Daniel Straub, Carl Haegele became the managing director of WMF. In the same year the Esslingen factory was dismantled and its equipment was incorporated into the Geislingen foundry. During the next thirty years WMF experienced a period of rapid expansion, which lasted until the beginning of the World War in 1914.....
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Robert Ringold writes:
... This is an item that has been in the same family for 130 years. The original owner lived next door to the Tiffany family in NYC and it was made especially for them.
I am attempting to appraise it, but cannot yet find anything comparable to assign a value.
Has anyone ever seen a similar urn? The stamp indicates that it was made in 1881 or 1882. It is 17" high and weighs approximately 3 kg.
All the best
Robert Ringold

John Lawrence writes:
... I am trying to find information about the mark on the knife blade of a 3-piece place setting of Russian 84 silver flatware, which shows the Russian state coat of arms above a word translated from the Cyrillic as "Kalyakin" or "Kalyavin".
The silversmith's mark is MET, which is also a mystery. The kokoshnik is for Moscow, with the initials for assayer Ivan Lebedkin 1899-1903.
If anyone can help provide information about the silversmith or the mark on the knife blade, I’d be grateful.
John Lawrence

Alan Davis writes:
... Does anyone have any info on this piece?
It has the stamp salim 800MD on the back
Alan Davis
I believe that your piece is a "Yogya silver" made in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia (after 1935 c.)
Giorgio Busetto

John Cole writes:
...Can you perhaps give me some information on this coffee set I found some time ago in Adelaide Australia?
It consists of 12 porcelain cups with a makers mark and the name Monopoli. There are 12 silver-plated coffee cup holders with a Hallmark 800 and a maker's mark that is quite small and I have yet to identify.
There are 12 silver-plated saucers each with the same hallmark. There is one porcelain sugar bowl (same maker's mark as the cups) with a silver-plated holder with two handles and finally 12 silver-plated spoons.
Thanks for your help,
John Cole
I'm not sure about the Italian origin of your set (the mark on the bottom is unknown to me).
If so, your item is 800/1000 silver fineness, not silver-plate.
The maker of the cup holders could be, possibly, Petruzzi & Branca (see my website at
Sorry, I have no knowledge about porcelain.
Giorgio Busetto


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
a 1918 advertisement of J.C. Vickery of London
This month ASCAS presents a page from the 1918 catalogue of J.C. Vickery of London


Their Majesties Jeweller
Silversmiths & Dressing Case

177 to 183 Regent Street London
No C. 156 - A Very Charming Solid Tortoiseshell and Sterling Silver Mounted
and Beautifully Inlaid "Chippendale" Toilet Service of Five Pieces

A retailer partnership founded in 1890 by John Collard Vickery and Arthur Thomas Hobbs. The partnership ceased in 1891 and J.C. Vickery continued the business alone. In the 1910s the firm obtained Royal Warrants of Appointments in UK, Spain, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The firm was closed for bankrupt in 1930.


In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
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Elkington plaque on pieces produced under the Department of Science & Art patronage


Electrotyping is a chemical method used to produce a metal facsimile of any object.

The process consists in forming from the model a soft material mold (wax or gutta-percha) and coating its surface with a thin layer of graphite powder to make it electrically conductive.

The mold, acting as a cathode, is immersed in an electrolyte solution and a wire is connected to the electrical source and to the metal anode (also immersed in the solution).

The electrical current dissolves the metal atoms of the anode which enter in the electrolyte as ions taken up by the conducting surface of the mold.

The electrical circuit is closed when the metal layer on the mold reaches the requested thickness.

Base-metal electrotypes could be silver plated, or gilt to more closely resemble the original work...... 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 1880 by William Gibson (d. 1913) and John Lawrence Langman (1846-1928).
The firm was active at 112 Regent Street, London acquiring the premises previously used by John Joseph Mechi.
In 1893 the firm absorbed The Goldsmiths' Alliance Ltd (late A.B. Savory & Sons) and in 1898 became the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd being active as jewellers, dealers in diamonds and precious stones, silversmiths, electroplaters and watch and clock makers.
In 1952 Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd was amalgamated with Garrard & Co Ltd.
The firm participated to a number of national and international exhibitions, as Indian and Colonial Exhibition (London, 1886), Paris (1889), Chicago (1893), California (1894), Paris (1900) and Franco-British Exhibition (London, 1908).....


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
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In the "book on my shelf" of this month ASCAS presents:
a book per month: The Encyclopedia of Early American Silversmiths a book per month: The Encyclopedia of Early American Silversmiths


Revised and Edited by Rita R. Benson
Benson Gallery Press
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
First printing 1966
Second printing 1972
Most of the information concerning the early workers of silver in the country is scattered through various catalogues of Exhibitions or sales. Therefore, there is no place to which a collector or a dealer can turn for concise data to identify a piece of silver or to understand its description.
This encyclopedia, written by Hollis French and published originally by the Walpole Society of Boston, is comparable to the exhaustive works which have been published abroad on the English silversmiths.
Even though a considerable amount of work was required to collect the information published in this volume only 200 copies of the original book were printed with availability limited to Members of the Walpole Society and various libraries. The current printing, revised and edited by Rita R. Benson, makes this volume available to general public.

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Closing our FEBRUARY 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 Giovanni Ciceri, John Cole, Alan Davis, John Lawrence, Dr. David N. Nikogosyan, Robert Ringold for their precious contributions.

Giorgio Busetto
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