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Patricia F. Singer presents:
World War II Chaplains’ Kits made by International Silver Co.
During World War II, in many combatant countries, the large silver manufacturing companies switched to war production. For example, WMF in Germany stopped making
its well known silver-plated cutlery in order to manufacture war goods. The production change also took place at the International Silver Company, headquartered in Meriden, Connecticut. The
firm was the biggest silver manufacturer in the world, employing more than 5000 people.
Even though International continued to market a limited amount of sterling flatware during 1942-45, it made literally millions of items needed for the war effort. According to the company
historian Edmund P. Hogan, "almost 100 percent of plant production was devoted to manufacturing supplies for the armed forces" (An American Heritage: A Book about the International
Silver Company, Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, TX, 1977).
A war-products booklet published by the company after the war listed how many ID tags ("dogtags") it produced: ten million. Stamping out flatware for mess kits, International furnished
the military with almost thirty-six million pieces. In all, International fulfilled more than 400 prime contracts for the US military...
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Maurice Meslans presents:
An interesting spoon from Augsburg
Any dealer or collector eventually gets excited about a purchase, overlooked by others. This is a case in point, it was purchased at public auction. If size counts, and some say it does, this
spoon must be considered as important being almost 37 cm long. It was made about 1730 by Johann Wagenknecht in Augsburg Germany.
Coin like medallions on early German silver are not rare. It seems obvious that silversmiths when supplied by clients with coins sometimes decided to use them as decorations in the finished product.
If anyone picked the earliest date when silversmith first used an ancient Roman coin as decoration, someone else would find an earlier example. At some later date the style was still popular, but coins
probably became less available, so easily cast coin like medallions were used.....
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Davide Fratianni writes:
... I'd wish to know who is the maker of this silverplate coffee set.
Christophe Ginter writes
The maker is Joseph Philippe Adolphe DEJEAN, registered 1846-1865. Napoléon III period
Jean-Gabriel Lamorte writes
This is the chronology of the firm of chalice's maker:
- Martin & Dejean, 1837-1846, (Dejean A., 1846-1886, Succ.), M&D, une ancre et deux étoiles, orfèvrerie: partie d'église et de table, 24 Parvis-Notre-Dame, Paris.
- Joseph-Philippe-Adolphe Dejean, 1846-1865, (Martin & Lebas1865-????, Succ.), DEJEAN, une ancre en haut, une étoile en bas, L'orfèvrerie, 24 rue Notre-Darnes, Paris.
- Joseph-Philippe-Adolphe Dejean, 1861-1865, (Martin & Lebas,1865-????, Succ.), AD, une ancre en haut, une étoile en bas, orfèvrerie d'église argentée, 20 Parvis-Notre-Dame, Paris.
- Martin & Lebas,1865-????, MARTIN & LEBAS, une ancre et deux étoiles, L'orfèvrerie d'église, 20 Parvis Notre-Dame, Paris.
"A PAGE per MONTH"
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
"A WORD per MONTH"
In this column we
present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary"
TRADE NAMES OF BRITISH SILVERPLATE
E.P.N.S. (Electroplated Nickel Silver) and EPBM (Electroplated Britannia Metal) are the most
common names attributed to silver plate items.
EPNS and EPBM are names used by the generality of the manufacturers but many other customized names were adopted.
The objective of British manufacturers was to present their product as "something special", despite that the metal was substantially the same and the electroplating process entirely similar.
Following this commercial strategy, silverplate makers devised a variety of trade names to stamp on their products next to or in substitution of the trade mark.
A wide array of "fantasy" names was adopted but many of them were derived from the firm's name (Martinoid, Culfonia, Leviathan, etc.) or from geographical locations (Bengal silver, Nevada silver, Brazilian
silver, Britanoid, etc.).
"A SILVERSMITH per MONTH"
LAMBERT & Co
FRANCIS LAMBERT - LAMBERT & RAWLINGS - HARMAN & CO - HARMAN & LAMBERT
The business was founded by Francis Lambert I (born in 1778) in 1803 opening a shop selling jewellery and silver plate at 11-12 Coventry Street. The manager
was William Rawlings, who in c. 1819 entered in partnership with Lambert renaming the firm Lambert & Rawlings.
In this period the firm manufactured on his own workshop situated on the corner of White Hart Court, Leicester Square all types of silver goods (except spoon and forks) using the
marks entered at Goldsmiths' Hall by John Wrangham (foreman) and William Moulson (his assistant).
Francis Lambert died in 1841 and the business was continued by William Rawlings and Francis Lambert II (born 1810, son of Francis Lambert I) with his mother Caroline (dead in 1860)
as sleeping partner (Francis Lambert II was apprenticed to his father in 1825 obtaining his freedom in 1832)....
"A CREST per MONTH"
A London and Salopshire family.
Motto: Dum Spiro Spero (While I breathe, I hope)
The crest was found on a silver matchbox holder hallmarked Chester 1929, maker's mark rubbed, possibly Hilliard & Thomason.
Closing our May 2016 edition of ASCAS Newsletter I hope
you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.
My thanks to Davide Fratianni, Christophe Ginter, Jean-Gabriel Lamorte, Maurice Meslans and Patricia F. Singer, for their precious contributions.
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