Sara L. Russell presents:
The story of a well travelled hairbrush
Once upon a time, Back in 1911 in fact, when the days of
Art Nouveau were lazily drifting towards the more upbeat
days of Art Deco... The brilliant silversmiths Levi and
Salaman made a beautiful matching hairbrush and mirror
set, in their workshops in Birmingham.
Both hairbrush and mirror were made in a wonderful
design, almost magical in fact....
Joanne Wiertella presents:
The Language of Flowers
Flowers have been greatly esteemed since the dawn of
civilization. Ancient Egyptians painted them on their
temple walls and the withered remains of flowers have
been found in ancient tombs around the world.
The colorful and fragile beauty of flowers has given
rise to countless culturally symbolic meanings, and
folktales about flowers have abounded from the earliest
times --although not in the Western World until the end
of the Middle Ages....
Welcome to new ASCAS members:
Richard Adler - USA
Phyllis Argo - USA
Sharon Hoff - USA
Carolyn Ienna - Australia
Elizabeth Milkins - Australia
Massimiliano La Russa - Italy
Santiago Rodriguez Santafe - Austria
Emile Shalala - Lebanon
Steve Swan - England UK
Jack F. Wilson - USA
Members' Window # 39
Ian Cook writes:
... I have attached some pictures of two pieces which I would
like help to identify.
The first is a Britannia Silver Salt, fairly large for its type
with a diameter of around 7cm and weighing 72g.
I have tried to date it but do not know how to read such
hallmarks. Slightly rubbed, I believe the maker to be H & O
perhaps you could enlighten me on its date and where it was
The second piece is very unusual in shape, and the hallmark (near
the handle) is so rubbed even with a 30x loupe I can only make
out an anchor which is at an acute angle.
I was wondering if you could possibly put a date on it by the
Very best regards
Suzanne Meursinge writes:
.. I would like to ask you if you can help me to determine
the use of an object.
Do you know what this spoon is for?? It's nickel plate Norblin &
Co. Galw. Warszaw, Polish, Fraget.
Is it a snuffer? or for any drink, tea???
The measure is ca. 25,5 cm- ca. 10 inch.
I will be very thankful
John Shields writes:
.. I hope that you or someone in the group can help me.
Recently I was given this antique silverware set from my mom,
she had gotten it from her mother who had gotten it from her
aunt who was married to a gentleman who had fought in the civil
war. I have received some e-mails from other silverware sites
and they are telling me it is Fiddle Thread, can you please
help. Here is some of the info from the back of the handles.
There is also another marking that looks as if there is a bear
in the middle of the these words
Herrmann y Cia
Bob Kelly writes:
.. I have this spoon, it is in rough shape.
The marks are. Top of spoon, D&A, inside a crown kind of mark.
Running down the shaft of the spoon is A & N, each in a square
with round edges. CS in one oval, L in Square round edge. The
last mark is, AI or A1 in an oval.
That is all the marks I can see. Spoon is 8.75 inches long; bowl
3 ins long and 2 inches wide. Wide part of handle is 2 inches
long and 1 inch wide. The thin part of the handle is 2.75 inches
long and .25 inches wide.
This meets a slighter wide bit at the bowl. The spoon is very
Any information you can give me would be great.
Thank You in Advance.
Mike Stansbery writes:
.. I'm researching information on the hallmarks of a couple
silver items that I was unable to identify. I have taken the
liberty of attaching photos of the hallmarks, and I am hoping
you can tell me what they mean. I am NOT educated on silver,
though I know a lot more about it now that I have found your
At any rate, the following hallmarks come from a silver creamer
(left) and from a silver sugar bowl (right).
Thank you in advance for whatever help you can give me
The maker of the sugar bowl (right) is E.G. Webster & Son
, New York .
I'm unable to identify the maker of the creamer and I trust on
ASCAS members help.
Alessandro Colemann writes:
.. I'm looking for information about a condiment set I
I believe it was made around 1950-1960 and, according to the
seller, the maker was the well known silversmith Fornari (see
I'm not quite sure about this attribution as the piece bears
Fornari's label and a silver mark "AL20" unknown to me.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
the mark AL20 refers to Ricci Argentieri Alessandria Spa -
C.so Acqui 219 - Alessandria (Italy) belonging to A. CESA & C.
Spa group (also "CESA 1882" belongs to this group).
Lozenge's mark was used in Italy between 1950/1970.
I believe that Fornari was only the retailer of your pieces
Fred Sinfield writes:
#29, "ARLECCHINO" is an explanation of the Italian
Regulation covering the manufacture of precious metal coating on
a resin base.
... Here is another example of "riempito" used for the grip
of a paper knife.
The finial and shaft of a paper knife, 150mm long, is an example
of this technique. Included in the capital is an octagonal seal
with "Fl"? "DG e Ag", with the same seal on the shaft punched
with "5÷7" and "?".
Stamped on the blade of the 40gram knife is the Florentine
maker’s mark consisting of a pentangle, "1388" and "Fl" together
with the silver standard of 925.
My question is: Who was the maker and when he was active?
This piece was made after 1970 and before 1990, but,
unfortunately, I was unable to identify the maker
Martine D'Haeseleer writes:
... Does someone, in the group of silver' specialists, know
more about this object and marks?
The marks seem to be 19th Century - Portugal
Hallmarking, is 'probably' from Portugal, with the P for the
city of Porto.
Can one of you find more info about the city and period, I don't
have that book.
Thanks a lot
Philip Moore writes:
... Can you please give me some information on a fruit knife
I have found among my mothers effects?
It is 3" long when folded. The handle is mother of pearl. The
blade is stamped with a crow / lion / g which I think is
Sheffield 1924-5 Then it is stamped FH in a circle which ends in
an arrow head.
Any info you can supply would be gratefully received.
I believe that the maker is Francis Howard Ltd, 1900..1986 (entered
Apr 1901). Registered also in Glasgow and Edinburgh
I'm working on
www.silvercollection.it to a wide list, partly illustrated,
of makers' marks of England, Scotland and Ireland (about 3000
marks). I'll use your photo to illustrate this mark.
Replies to questions
sends an interesting addition to Malcolm Stander's
"HISTORY THROUGH SILVER TROWELS" in June
Hello Mr. Busetto,
Malcolm Stander asks for more information about Sir
Herbert James Stanley (to differentiate him from another
Sir Herbert Stanley of Britain).
It's quite interesting to see how many pieces of Stanley
material Mr. Stander acquired with the ceremonial
trowels. I don't know where the author lives, but by
great coincidence I too own a fine piece of presentation
silver to Sir Herbert which I found recently in a local
My covered urn is inscribed "To H.E. Sir Herbert Stanley
KCMG on the occasion of their visit to Livingstone in
1926, from Athlone & Alice".
Of course Athlone & Alice refer to Earl of Athlone and
his wife Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone. As minor
members of the British royal family, their crest & motto
is engraved on the front.
Herbert James Stanley (1872-1955) was, in 1924, created
Sir Herbert J. Stanley. He was Governor of Northern
Rhodesia up to 1927 (starting year ??? ), then Governor
of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka, 1928-31), High Commissioner to
South Africa (1931-35), then Governor of Southern
I believe he stayed in South Africa after his diplomatic
position ended and died there. I cannot find any trace
of him or his wife having surviving descendants. He is
noted for assisting European Jews to settle in Rhodesia
as the WW 2 was going on in Europe. It's possible he was
of Jewish background as I believe he came from London.
Interestingly for a piece of silver given in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
but now in Canada, the Earl of Athlone was a Governor
General of South Africa (1923-30), and then Governor
General of Canada (1940-46).
Princess Alice was a grandchild of Queen Victoria -- if
memory serves correctly, possibly the longest surviving
My conjecture is that Sir Herbert & Lady Stanley's
estates may have devolved to family who immigrated to
Canada --- Vancouver has had a large group of South
Africans over the last 20+ years, and a good population
of South Africa Jewish background as well.
Norma L. Young
"A PAGE per MONTH"
In this column we present a page (one
page only) obtained from makers' brochures, books, auction
catalogs or whatever other printed paper, which may be of
particular interest for ASCAS members.
The images will be published at a "low resolution" level and for
private and personal use only
ASCAS presents a page of " silver fruit knives and card
cases" from the "1889 ILLUSTRATED CATALOG"
"A WORD per MONTH"
In this column we presents an abstract
from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
HOLY WATER FONT
A holy water font is a vessel used for holding holy
water. They are sometimes imbedded in the walls, and
sometimes rest on a pedestal. The shell-shaped font
which has persisted was introduced in the 17th century.
The most ancient portable fonts for use in aspersions
were pails of lead or bronze covered with silver. The
present form of the aspersorium was introduced in the
13th century. The most ancient portable fonts are in the
form of pails and shaped like truncated cones. Those
most prized for their antiquity are of lead or bronze,
sometimes even of wood covered with a sheet of wrought
metal. However, if there ever existed ancient silver or
silver-gilt fonts, it is evident that they have not come
down to us.......
Closing our JULY 2007 edition of ASCAS
Newsletter I hope you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.
My thanks to Alessandro
Colemann (Italy), Ian Cook (England), Martine D'Haeseleer (Spain),
Jayne Dye (USA), Bob Kelly, Robert Massart (Belgium), Suzanne
Meursinge (the Netherlands), Philip Moore (England), Sara L.
Russell (UK), John Shields (USA), Fredric Sinfield (Australia),
Mike Stansbery (USA), Joanne Wiertella (USA) Norma Young
(Canada), for their invaluable contributions.
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