ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver        newsletter # 88 September 2011     SITE MAP
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2nd silver fineness mark 834/000
Claudio Morelli and Giorgio Busetto present:

Five Centuries of Neapolitan Silver Marks English version
Cinque secoli di punzoni dell'argento napoletano versione italiana

The use of the marking of silver in Naples dates back to the fourteenth century during the reign of Joanna I of Anjou. The first official documentation of this practise dates back only to 1437 and is the privilege issued to goldsmith Paolo di Roma by King Alfonso of Aragon.

Over the following centuries the Goldsmiths' Corporation became very powerful, so that the Viceroy Count of Sant'Esteban, August 19, 1690, promulgated "The Pragmatic De Monetis LVII.". This Law imposed the concentration in Naples of all activities involving the processing of precious metals and the use of 833.33/1000 fineness......

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Welcome to new ASCAS members:  

Sharon Cruickhsank - USA
Sonia Garrett - USA
Jurij Gubarev - Canada
Patrizia Mollica - Belgium
Ursula Scott - Belgium
Trevor Walker - New Zealand
Warren L. Whittier - USA
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Szandrik: Silver-plated menu holder
David N. Nikogosyan presents:

Marks of European Silver Plate: IX. Szandrik, Austro-Hungary/ Sandrik, Czechoslovakia  English version

In my previous article in ASCAS about Sandrik, due to wrong information taken from the Slovak website, I made some mistakes, which I am correcting now. In two words, this information ignored completely the Hungarian origin of this company. Actually, this silver production factory ("ezüstárúgyár" in Hungarian) was built in the village of Alsó-Hámor, situated in the Kingdom of Hungary, part of Austria-Hungary, and was operating through the Hungarian capital. The name of this Hungarian company was slightly different, not "Sandrik" but "Szandrik", though both names phonetically sound similar as the combination of the two letters "SZ" in Hungarian language corresponds to an "S" in Slovak language..... click here English version 

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Robert Massart writes:
Dear Giorgio, the the discovery of an unknown maker's mark solved the enigma of a time gap in the succession of the silversmith Henri-Louis Chenailler.
An Addendum to article # 133 - Newsletter # 75 August 2010
In referenced article I pointed out that a time gap of 8 years existed between the death of Henri-Louis Chenailler on 11 June 1859 and the succession by Henri Chenailler in 1867 (who most probably was a relative).
The time line also showed that the silversmith Antoine-Félix Desreux operated the shop, 56 rue Meslay, for five years from 1862 till 1867.
Who operated the business during the period 1859 till 1862 remained unexplained.
Recently I discovered a silver fork and spoon marked with a maker’s mark VEC.
The mark shows a rising sun over VEC over a five pointed star, which is in line with the successive marks of Henri-Louis Chenailler, Antoine-Félix Desreux, Henri Chenailler and Henri Soufflot.
For this reason I am quite confident that this mark belongs to the widow of Henri-Louis Chenailler (VE = Veuve = widow), who most certainly operated the shop from 1859 till 1862.
Robert Massart

Diane Donaldson writes:
... This item was found in the back of a cupboard in my parents first home they moved into. When my parents passed away, I asked my brothers and sisters if I could have it.
I took it to a jeweller in Kingston, who in turn sent it to Toronto to have it cleaned up. The jeweller in Toronto said that it was over 100 years old. On the bottom of the piece is a number etched in it "C10262 901P". Then the number 445 and underneath that is PAT FEB 14, 1783.
Can anyone identify what it is and where it originated from?
I absolutely love it, and will someday pass itdown to my daughter.
Thank you.
Diane Donaldson
In my opinion your item is a jewelry box.
The metal is silver plate (not sterling silver) and, presumably, it is of American or Canadian origin. The taste of the piece suggests it was made late 19th/early 20th century. I'm highly dubious about the patent date 1783 you read on the bottom. I believe it is 1883.
Any suggestion by ASCAS members will be highly appreciated.
Giorgio Busetto


In this column we present 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 1912 advertisement of Community Plate Ltd
This month ASCAS presents an advertisement published in 1912 on The Saturday Evening Post by
Oneida began the manufacture of silverware in 1877. The first two patterns called "Lily" and "Oval" were made by the Wallingford branch of the firm.
In 1881 the company obtained its first flatware patterns (Nos. 12,307 and 12,308), but the quality of its production could not compete with that made by other companies until 1901 when the new pattern "Avalon" was exhibited at the Buffalo Exposition.
The new line of Community Plate, introduced in 1902, was supported by an innovative campaign of advertising in high-priced, large-circulation magazines. The "pretty girl" advertising was enormously effective for the sales of Oneida silver and had a profound effect in the whole American advertising business. a 'pretty girl' advertisement of Community Plate Ltd


In this column we present an abstract from a page of the "What is? Silver Dictionary" 
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silver toothpick holder: James Aldridge, London 1808


Anthropologists believe that early men picked their teeth with sticks cut to a sharp point.
Evidence of Stone Age toothpicks is indirect but compelling and the demonstration is on fossil teeth. Analysis of their marks has led to the consensus that they were made by heavy toothpick use by our early ancestors.
The grooves were especially common in the teeth of Neanderthals who lived in Europe and Asia, about 100,000 years ago. Similar markings have been found in the fossilized teeth of both American Indians and Australian Aborigines........ more


In this column we present marks, information and history of silversmiths and silver manufacturers.
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Boardman, Glossop & Co Ltd, Birmingham 1902 hallmark  


Charles Boardman started producing sterling silver wares (1844) but converted to electroplating in 1847 prior to enter in partnership with A.O. Glossop. Boardman & Glossop was active at 54 Pond St., Sheffield (1861-1871). The firm became Boardman, Glossop & Co in 1887 and was converted in 1895 into a limited liability company under the style Boardman, Glossop & Co Ltd (partners were William P. and Frederick P. Davis).
They were described as silversmiths, electroplaters and Britannia metal-smiths at Clarence Works, Sheffield and 16 Ely Place, Holborn, London (later at 18 Bartlett's Building, Holborn)......


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 written by David McKinley, an author well known and appreciated by our members for his articles about English silver:
a book per month: The First Huguenot Silversmiths of London


The story of the family of the first Huguenot
to become free of the Goldsmiths' Company
by David McKinley
(Privately Printed)
Because of religious intolerance in the late 17th century, there was a mass exodus of Huguenot craftsmen from France and prominent among these were goldsmiths.
These craftsmen settled in Germany and Holland and even as far afield as America. Many went to England where they lifted the craft to new artistic heights and the names Crespin, Harache, Willaume and De Lamerie are now associated with some of the finest silverware ever produced there.
The first of these to be made free of the Goldsmiths’ Company of London was a Pierre Harache and considerable mystery surrounds him and his family.
Because of this, a great many misconceptions have evolved concerning him and his namesakes and a misunderstanding of who he was, where he came from and when he died still persist.
This small book, which results from several years of painstaking research, attempts to expose the truth about this man and the other members of his extended family who came to London and played such an important part in the production of English silver plate throughout the 18th century.
As there are still so many unanswered questions the book has been divided into two parts. The first deals with the facts and to support these as many original documents as possible are referred to. The second tries to answer the questions with reasoned hypothesis using the knowledge which comes from an intimate study of the subject.

In order to keep costs down this 84 page book has been produced in paperback but no concession has been made to the quality of either the print or the illustrations which include examples of plate and the marks struck thereon.
The published price is Ł16.00 but it is offered at a discount (Ł12.00 plus postage and packing) to members of ASCAS and can be ordered on line at


In this column we present images and descriptions of Crests and Mottoes of British, Irish and Scottish families as engraved on silver items.


James Young, of Kingerby, Lincolnshire, crest

James Young, esquire, of Kingerby, Lincolnshire. A wolf, sejant, regardant, between paws a human head. The motto is Toujours Jeune ((Always young).
The crest was found on a silver plate vegetable dish with cover made by Henry Wilkinson & Co.

vegetable dish with cover

Henry Wilkinson & Co mark on a silver plate vegetable dish

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Closing our September 2011 edition of ASCAS Newsletter I hope you have appreciated its content.
Your comments, suggestions and advice will be of great help.

My thanks to Diane Donaldson, Robert Massart, David McKinley, Claudio Morelli, David N. Nikogosyan for their invaluable contributions.

Giorgio Busetto
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