a small collection of antique silver and objects of vertu

A SMALL COLLECTION OF ANTIQUE SILVER
AND OBJECTS OF VERTU

an illustrated selection of antique silver and objects of vertu
Continental, European, Italian, Russian, German, French, English, Austrian, Scottish, American, Dutch, Danish, Judaica, Georgian, Spanish and much more
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ANTIQUE SILVER AND OBJECTS OF VERTU - INDEX -
wedding spoon - Germany      2 salt throne - Russia      3 milk creamer - France      4 holy water font - Italy      5 holy water font - Italy      6 vinaigrette - England      7 oil lamp (lucerna) - Italy      8 ivory portrait miniature      9 sweetmeat dish - Germany      10 snuff box - Russia      11 wager cup - United States      12 coin holder - Russia      13 grape shears - Germany      14 pepper castor - England      15 salt cellar - Germany      16 mustard pot - France      17 caster - England      18 shell cameo brooch      19 wig - powderer - England      20 cameo glass vase - France      21 holy water font - Italy      22 ember bowl - Spain      23 pastry server - Germany      24 sugar or ice tongs - Russia      25 sugar tongs - Germany      26 claret jug - Spain      27 coffee pot - England      28 glass holder - Germany      29 water pitcher - USA      30 barbotine dish - Austria     
English and British silversmiths marks
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31 barbotine dish - Austria      32 sugar sifter - France      33 bisque figurine biscuit      34 spoon      35 prayer's book - Italy      36 binoculars      37 torah pointer (Yad) - Russia      38 sauce boat - England      39 inkstand bell - Continental      40 milk jug - England      41 pipe - Austria      42 tea strainer - Austria      43 salt and pepper set - Denmark      44 salt cellar - Italy      45 teaset: teapot sugar bowl - Russia      46 aeroplane model - Italy      47 holy - water font - Italy      48 pipe - holder - Austria      49 milk jug - Russia      50 mether cup - Scotland      51 wedding spoon - Germany      52 candle snuffer - England      53 inkstand - Germany      54 coffee pot - England      55 apostle spoon - Continental      56 milk creamer - Italy      57 water pitcher - Italy      58 vase - China      59 spoon - Russia      60 teaset     
Sterling and Solid Silver marks and hallmarks
Russian hallmark Italian hallmarks French hallmarks English hallmarks USA Austrian hallmark
 Russia - Italy - France - England - USA - Gallery
61 soup adle - Germany      62 mustard pot - England      63 pill box devil head - England      64 electric bell - Germany      65 tea strainer - Holland      66 beaker - Italy      67 sauce or pap boat - Austria      68 carnet enamel Santa Claus      69 barometer - Germany      70 salt and pepper - Russia      71 talc bottle - USA      72 napkin ring - Italy      73 matchbox holder - Latvia      74 dresser jar and brush set - USA      75 salt cellar - Russia      76 needle case - Austria      77 wine cooler - Italy      78 tea caddy - Holland      79 two - light candelabrum - Germany      80 shaker - Austria      81 shawl's pin 'topo' - Bolivia      82 marrow scoop - England      83 snuff box - Holland      84 vase      85 enamel box - Italy      86 brush - Germany      87 crystal campana - Holland      88 baby rattle - Italy      89 bakelite candleholder      90 beaker - Italy     
Maker's mark
Elkington hallmark 1842-1860 Georg Jensen hallmark 1945-1951 Gorham Athenic hallmark Tiffany hallmark
Elkington  -   Gorham  -   Tiffany  -   WMF  -   Reed & Barton  -   Mappin & Webb  -   Bateman family  -  
91 salt cellar - France      92 bisque figurine (biscuit)      93 whistle - Italy      94 silver fork      95 black forest wall shelf      96 matchbox holder - France      97 pepper mill grinder - USA      98 letter opener - Austria      99 talc holder - Italy      100 ash container (ashtray)      101 candle holder - Italy      102 napkin ring - Italy      103 napkin ring - Italy      104 napkin ring - Italy      105 apostle spoon      106 napkin ring - Italy      107 cigarette box (casket) - England      108 salver - England      109 BP cup and saucer      110 CE.VA.Designer vase      111 ivory letter opener - England      112 china cup and saucer - France      113 salt cellar      114 enamel box      115 Georgian salt spoon (3)      116 cigarette box - Italy      117 table lighter - Italy      118 spoon - Italy (5)      119 napkin ring - Russia      120 walking stick (3)     
German, Austrian and Mexican silver marks and hallmarks
German silver hallmark Hanau silver hallmark Hanau silver hallmark Sanborn/Mexico silver mark
 Germany  -   Hanau silver  -   Austria  -   Mexico
121 salt cellar - France      122 brush - England      123 cigarette box - Germany      124 Gorham creamer and sugar      125 pen and seal - Germany      126 ashtray - Italy      127 cigarette case - England      128 eggcup and underplate - Italy      129 dresser and vanity pieces (6)      130 cigarette case - England      131 Webster sweetmeat dish - USA      132 sugar shaker - France      133 cigarette - holder      134 tea caddy spoon - Italy      135 embossed dish - Austria      136 silver overlay glass tray      137 jug - Italy      138 silver cup gilded interior - Italy      139 tea caddy spoon - Italy      140 cheroot holder case      141 chamberstick - Italy      142 silver and cut glass salt/pepper      143 silver vase (or glass) holder      144 cut metal silhouette      145 stamp case - England      146 punch ladle - Germany      147 Vesta coin holder - USA      148 niello nib holder - Russia      149 Mappin&Webb basket - England      150 silver cover wallet - Spain     
Plated silver marks: silver plate - electroplate - Old Sheffield
Rogers & Bro. - Waterbury CT mark Mappin & Webb mark Devices of Old Sheffiel Plate Continental European Plate silver marks
American  -  English Electroplate  -  Old Sheffield  -  Continental European
151 salt cellar - Russia      152 meerschaum pipe - Austria      153 enamelled pencil holder      154 silver vase      155 cigarette case -  Russia      156 needle case and crochet hook      157 tray - Italy      158 pill box - Italy      159 tumbler - Italy      160 napkin ring - Italy      161 napkin ring - Italy      162 bon bon dish - Germany      163 letter opener - Russia      164 notebook cover - Latvia      165 napkin ring      166 double salt cellar - Russia      167 cigarette case - Germany      168 Cayenne spoon - England      169 cornucopia shaker - Italy      170 compact with coin holders - USA      171 A.D. Norton silver spoons - USA      172 cigar cutter - Germany      173 Georgian wine funnel - England      174 ember bowl - Spain      175 sugar bowl - Italy      176 folding spoon - Italy      177 kettle stand burner      178 bowl - England      179 brass or bronze egg     
Silver oddities: unusual and uncommon items
silver posy holder or tussie mussie silver ember bowl silver nutmeg grater silver argyle silver wine funnel silver salt throne
posy holder  -  ember bowl  -  nutmeg grater  -  argyle  -  wine funnel  -  salt throne
180 devil head Cayenne spoon      181 cigarette holder - Russia      182 Gorham roast fork - USA      183 pair of server - Austria      184 Lutz&Weiss stopper - Germany      185 posy holder - tussie mussie      186 miniature on ivory brooch      187 napkin ring - Germany      188 ember bowl      189 napkin ring - Denmark      190 bombilla mate - South America      191 ember bowl - Spain      192 sugar tongs - Austria      193 beaker - Italy      194 tea tongs - England      195 tea tongs - England      196 pin tray - Sweden      197 sugar tongs - Austria      198 toothpick - England      199 enameled bronze vase      200 dance card holder - England      201 chamber stick 'palmatoria' - Italy      202 Richard - Ginori Gio Ponti dish      203 salt cellar - Naples      204 white porcelain figurine (geisha)      205 hair curling iron - USA      206 egg cup - Germany      207 MOP folding button hook - England      208 pepperette - England      209 Georgian sugar tongs - England      210 salt cellar - Italy     
Silver oddities: unusual and uncommon items
silver oil lamp lucerna silver figural toothpick holder silver pax silver topo or tupo silver warmer silver waste bowl
lucerna  -  toothpick holder  -  pax  -  topo  -  warmer  -  waste bowl
211 vase - Italy      212 spoon - Russia      213 pastry server - USA      214 tea caddy spoon Buccellati - Italy      215 sugar tongs - Italy      216 Art Deco cigarette case - Italy      217 Art Deco silver and ivory vase - Italy      218 tray - Lombardo - Veneto - (Venice) - Italy      219 nutmeg grater - Holland      220 silver medal - Italy      221 salt cellar - Venice Italy      222 napkin ring - Finland      223 container for cigarette - holder      224 hovedvandsæg - Denmark      225 stirrup cup - USA      226 moustache cup - USA      227 wine label - England      228 milk creamer and sugar bowl - USA      229 silver mate - South America      230 tupo or topo - Bolivia      231 walking stick - Germany      232 baby rattle - Italy      233 baby rattle - Italy      234 baby rattle - Italy      235 baby rattle - Italy      236 silver mirror - England      237 Art Deco bookend      238 knife and fork - Japan or China      239 violoncello player statue - Italy      240 tea strainer - Russia     
Modern glass section
Murano glass Venini glass Gallé cameo glass
   Murano glass  -  Venini glass  -  Gallé cameo glass
241 tea strainer - Italy      242 hair - pin - Italy      243 salt cellar - Genoa - Italy      244 spirit burner - England      245 ex - voto plaque - Naples - Italy      246 buckle - England      247 flower holder - Belgium 248 wax - jack (bougie box, taper box) - Italy      249 sugar tongs - Austria      250 salt cellar - Russia      251 shaving brush - England      252 cigarette case - Japan      253 set of 6 bowls - Italy      254 Sgarabhaigh Sixpence"coin - Scotland      255 dance card - Italy      256 stamp case - USA      257 matchbox holder - England      258 coaster - Genoa (Italy)      259 baby rattle - Italy      260 Continental bougie - box      261 Brandimarte miniature milk boiler - Italy      262 Andean style footed goblet      263 mether cup - Ireland      264 Gorham dance card holder (memo pad) - USA      265 stamp case - England      266 baby rattle and whistle - England      267 Gorham shaving and vanity travel set - USA      268 pill box - Germany      269 pill box - Italy      270 silverplate creamer - Austria      271 wood and white metal snuff box      272 napkin ring - Germany      273 hair pin - Italy      274 fish slice - Continental      275 sealing wax dispenser - England      276 baby bib holder - USA      277 enamel on silver watch and pin - Switzerland/England      278 baby rattle - Italy (possibly)      279 gau - Tibet     
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THE DIRECTORY OF SCOTLAND (PROVINCIAL) - CHANNEL ISLANDS - CANADA - AUSTRALIA - CAPE COLONY
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BRITISH SILVER MAKERS: MARKS, HISTORY AND INFORMATION
Adie & Lovekin markAdie & Lovekin Asprey & Co markAsprey & Co Atkin Brothers markAtkin Brothers Barker Brothers markBarker Brothers E. Barnard & Sons markE.Barnard & Sons Hester Bateman markBateman Family Boardman, Glossop & Co Ltd markBoardman,Glossop & Co Matthew Boulton markM.Boulton Charles Boyton & Son markC.Boyton & Son Thomas Bradbury & Sons markT.Bradbury & Sons Alfred Browett trade markA.Browett Chawner & Co markChawner & Co Alexander Clark Manufacturing Co markA.Clark Manufacturing Co G.R. Collis & Co markG.R.Collis & Co Daniel & Arter markDaniel & Arter go to James Deakin & Sons pageJ.Deakin & Sons Deykin & Sons markDeykin & Sons James Dixon & Sons markJ.Dixon & Sons Elkington hallmarkElkington & Co Fattorini & Sons markFattorini & Sons Garrard & Co Ltd markGarrard & Co Samuel Godbehere markS.Godbehere Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co markGoldsmiths & Silversmiths Co John Grinsell & Sons markJ.Grinsell & Sons Hamilton & Inches markHamilton & Inches Harrison Brothers & Howson markHarrison Br. & Howson Hayne & Cater markHayne & Cater Hukin & Heath Ltd markHukin & Heath William Hutton & Sons Ltd markW.Hutton & Sons George Jamieson markG.Jamieson Paul De Lamerie markP.deLamerie Levi & Salaman markLevi &  Salaman Mappin & Webb markMappin & Webb Martin Hall & Co markMartin Hall & Co R.F. Mosley markR.F.Mosley H.H. Plante markH.H.Plante Thomas Prime & Son markT.Prime & Son Robert Pringle & Sons markR.Pringle & Sons Reid & Sons markReid & Sons Roberts & Belk markRoberts & Belk John Round & Son Ltd markJ.Round & Son Sampson Mordan & Co Ltd markSampson Mordan & Co Goldsmiths' Alliance Ltd  Ltd markA.B.Savory & Sons Sibray, Hall & Co markSibray, Hall & Co W & G Sissons markW & G Sissons Paul Storr markP.Storr F.B. Thomas & Co markF.B.Thomas & Co George Unite & Sons markG.Unite & Sons C.J. Vander Ltd markC.J.Vander Wakely & Wheeler markWakely & Wheeler Walker & Hall markWalker & Hall West & Son markWest & Son Henry Wilkison & Co markH.Wilkinson & Co Josiah Williams & Co markJ.Williams & Co Horace Woodward & Co Ltd markH.Woodward & Co

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SILVERPLATE MANUFACTURERS: MARKS & HISTORY
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THE WORLDWIDE DIRECTORY OF SILVERPLATE MANUFACTURERS: HISTORY & MARKS
Pelton Bros. Silver Plate Co. hallmarkRogers & Bro. - Waterbury CT hallmark   Mappin & Webb hallmarkWalker & Hall hallmark Devices of Old Sheffiel Plate Herrmann factory silver plate mark
USA & Canada      English Electroplate     Old Sheffied Plate      Continental     

THE DIRECTORY OF CONTINENTAL EUROPEAN SILVER PLATE MAKERS
A    B    C    D    E    F    G    H    I    J    K    L    M    N    O    P    Q    R    S    T    U    V    W    X    Y    Z   

THE DIRECTORY OF FRENCH SILVERSMITHS / REPERTOIRE DES ORFEVRES FRANCAIS
AA    AH    B    CA    CG    D    EA    EJ    F    GA    GH    HA    HG    I    JA    JH    K    LA    LH    MA    MH    N    O    PA    PH    Q    R    S    T    U    V    W    X    Y    Z   

THE DIRECTORY OF 20th CENTURY ITALIAN SILVERSMITHS (SORTED BY PROVINCE)
AL    AR    BL    BO    BS    FE    FI    FO    GE    MI    MO    NA    PA    PD    PR    PV    RE    RO    ROMA    TO    TS    TV    UD    VA    VC    VE    VI    VR   

WORLDWIDE DIRECTORY OF STERLING SILVER MARKS
St Petersburg hallmark official marks - legge 5 Febbraio 1935 Paris 1818/1838 hallmarkParis 1797/1809 hallmark London town mark German silver hallmark Hanau silver hallmark Austrian silver hallmark Sanborn/Mexico silver mark Joseph Kopf: Tallinn silver mark

Russia      Italy      France      England UK      Germany      Hanau      Austria      Mexico      Latvia - Estonia     



SILVER MANUFACTURERS: MARKS, HISTORY AND INFORMATION
Peter Charles Faberge mark    Gorham Athenic hallmark    International Silver Company mark    Georg Jensen hallmark 1945-1951    Kirk & Son mark    Meriden Britannia Company mark    Reed & Barton mark    Rogers Bros mark    Tiffany hallmarks    Towle Silversmiths mark    Wallace Silversmiths mark    Wiener Werkstatte monogram    WMF hallmarks   
Fabergé    Gorham    International Silver Co    Georg Jensen    Kirk Stieff    Meriden Britannia    Reed & Barton    Rogers    Tiffany & Co    Towle    Wallace    Wiener Werkstatte    WMF   

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THE WHAT IS? SILVER DICTIONARY:

A:  advertisements in silver - Aladdin lamp - alphabetic symbols (British Silver Plate) - ancient advertisements - anointing spoon - apostle spoon -
      argyle - argyll - Artel (Kiev-Kostroma) - Artel (Moscow) - Artel (St.Petersburg) - asparagus fork - asparagus holder
      asparagus server - assayer mark
B:   baby rattle - bed warmer - beehive honey-pot - berry spoon - bigorne - biscuit warmer - boatswain's call - bombilla - bourdalou - bosun whistle
     bottle ticket - bougie-box - brandy saucepan - bratina - brazier - bread-basket - Britannia metal - British hallmarking - buckle - butter cooler - butter dish - butt marker
C:   caddy spoon - cake-basket - canteen - caster - castor - cayenne scoop - cayenne spoon - chanukah lamp - charka
      chatelaine - cheese toaster - chota peg - cigar lighter - close plating - coach pot - coaster - coat of arms - coffee-cup holder - coin holder
      counter holder cow creamer - cream scoop - cream skimmer - crest - cruet stand
D:   dance card - decanter-stand - decanter wagon - dish cross - dish ring - dog-nose spoon - doll's house miniature - duty dodger - duty mark
E:   egg boiler - egg coddler - egg cup - egg-cup frame - egg spoon - electrotype (metalwork) - ember bowl - entrée dish
      EPBM - E.P.B.M. - epergne - EPNS - E.P.N.S. - esrog box - etrog container - etui - ex voto
F:   Factories, Plants, Shops and Workshop - fakes on silver - false filigree - family crest (UK) - fiddle spoon - filigree - fish server - fish slice
      flatware patterns - fob - folding biscuit box - folding knife - fruit knife - funnel
G:   galvanoplasty - glass holder - gilded silver
H:   hallmark - hallmarking (British) - hallmarking (contemporary UK) - Hanau silver - hand warmer - Hanoverian spoon
      hanukah lamp - heraldry (UK) - hip flask - holy water font - hot water urn - hovedvandsæg - how to decrypt silverplate marks
 I:  ice water pitcher - import marks (UK) - inkstand
J:   jewelers trade card - Jewish ritual silverware - journeyman mark - Judaica - julep cup
K:   kiddush beaker - kiddush cup - kiddush goblet - kokoshnik - kovsh
L:   leopard's head - London hallmarks - lozenge mark - lucerna - luckenbooth
M:  maker's mark - mark - marrow scoop - marrow spoon - Martelé (Gorham) - matchbox holder - mate - mazarine
      mazer - medicine spoon - memento mori - menorah - mether cup - miniature silverware - mint julep cup - monteith - mote skimmer
      mote spoon - moustache cup - moustache spoon - muffineer - mustache cup - mustache spoon - mustard-pot
N:   nef - nipple shield - nutmeg grater
O:   oil lamp - Old English Spoon - old sheffield plate - overlay glass
P:   pap-boat - patent mark (British) - patterns flatware (USA) - pax - penknife - pepper caster
      pepperette - pickle spoon - pipe lighter - pipe makers - pipe mounters - pocket knife - podstakannik
      pomander - posy holder - potato ring - prickling - pseudo hallmark - pseudo hallmarks (Italy) - punch ladle
Q:   quaich
R:   racing-bell - rattle - reliquary - revolving butter dish - Russian fakes
S:  saddle flask - salt - salt cellar - salt shaker - salt throne - samorodok (technique) - Scottish Provincial Silver
      sheffield plate - shooting field place finder - shotgun place finder - silent butler - silver advertising - silver-gilt - silver overlay glass
     skillet - snuff mull - soap box - sovereign holder - spice box - spice tower - spoon goblet - spoon holder - spoon warmer - sponge box
     stamp case - sugar nips - sugar tongs
T:   talc bottle - tankard - taper-box - tea caddy - tea canister - tea glass holder - tea kettle - teapot with stand - tea tongs - tea urn - Tenby Jug - toast rack - toast tray
      toasted-cheese dish - tobacconists - toothpick holder - torah breastplate - torah pointer - torah shield - town mark - trade card - trade marks UK (figural)
     trade marks USA (figural and literal) - trefid spoon - trencher salt - trifid spoon - ceremonial trowel - tussie mussie - tyg
V:  vegetable dish - vermeil - vesta case - vinaigrette
W:  wager cup - Warwick cruet stand - waste bowl - watch fob - wavy-end spoon - wax-jack - whiskey jug - whisky noggin - Wiener Werkstatte
     wine-bottle coaster - wine-bottle stand - wine funnel - wine label - wine trolley - women silversmiths - workman mark
Y:   yad - Yogya silver
Z:   zarf



ORIGIN OF MY COLLECTION

My first purchase of silver was made in 1996, when at an antique fair I bought a briar-wood box with a silver cover. Silver was hallmarked with the "Fascio" mark. So I understood it was made in Italy, around 1935/1940. After this first meeting with the "world of silver", I began to frequent antique markets and shops and to buy books and silver auction catalogs, looking for silver items to add to the little collection I was trying to put together.
Soon I discovered that collecting silver is an expensive business. To collect "antique" silver is a "highly" expensive business. You may have an idea of prices looking at a Sotheby's or Christie's auction catalog, where thousands of dollars are requested for any antique silver object.
Then, I decided to devote my research (and my limited resources) to collecting Continental Silver, particularly of small dimension, attaining the result of contain costs and reduce spaces necessary to preserve my growing collection. I was able to acquire some pieces of the 18th century and much more of the 19th century. Even though my main interest is for silver objects, in recent years I've begun to buy non-silver related items, including in my collection some pieces as cameo glass vases, "barbotine" dishes, portrait miniatures, shell cameo brooches, and others.
At the present I continue to look for silver and objects of vertu pieces, with preference for items of uncommon shape or use, and I've extended the field of my research to the internet.
In this site I illustrate some of my preferred pieces. You may click on the item's index to see photos and description of the objects. I hope you'll like them.

On April 2004 I've founded ASCAS - Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver.
ASCAS is an association between collectors and lovers of antique silver. Its objective is to promote friendship between its members and to spread knowledge of antique silver items, their hallmarks and their workmanship techniques.
ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver ASCAS has 250 members throughout the world and every month publishes a monthly newsletter on its website www.ascasonline.org . It contains many interesting articles related to silver written by its members. Its archive is now the wider gathering of articles related to silver freely available on the web.




SOME OF MY ARTICLES FOR ASCAS WEBSITE


this is a NON-COMMERCIAL site
none of the objects are for sale, but comments and suggestions would always be welcome.
There are only few
SILVER AUCTION SOTHEBY'S AND CHRISTIE'S CATALOGS
AND SOME OLD COPIES OF "SILVER MAGAZINE" AND "SILVER-RAMA"
AVAILABLE FOR SALE
as I've two copies on my private collection.
If you are interested to Auction Catalogs: click here Silver Magazine: click here
AVAILABLE NOW A LOT OF RARE ISSUES OF SILVER-RAMA (1969/70) AND SILVER MAGAZINE (1971/73)

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