A SMALL COLLECTION OF ANTIQUE SILVER
AND OBJECTS OF VERTU

an article of Giorgio Busetto - www.silvercollection.it
for ASCAS - Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver
a small collection of antique silver and objects of vertu
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FROM BIRTH TO DEATH


 

In his excellent article (see # 5) Raoul Verbist has followed the trails of six couples of spoons and forks of 18th century until the death of their owners and the finding of their graves in the Convent of Surs Noires de Pamele of Audenaerde.

I have another story tied to a silver item but, in this case, the object of the finding is a birth.

On the late summer of 2003 I was with my wife in Madrid for an holiday.
During our stay we went to the "Rastro", a market famous for its Antiques shops.
The visit wasn't of great satisfaction. Few pieces of silver were available and Spanish silver was virtually absent.

Finally, as a souvenir of our visit, we bought a leather wallet with a silver cover embossed with a pair of stalks of dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) bearing single head of flowers and large leaves with margin cut into great jagged teeth.
The cover was marked "800" (silver degree 800/1000) and the decoration was a typical example of Art Nouveau style. We assumed that the wallet was probably made in Spain at the end of XIX century.

Only at the end of our stay my wife made a surprising discovery.
Hidden in a pocket at the interior of the wallet, there was the ancient christening certificate of Juana Natividad Orelana Diaz, who was baptized on June 25, 1879 in the Colegio de la Paz - Madrid.

The finding out of the christening certificate was a confirmation of our evaluation about the age of the object, but unvaluable was the emotion and the surprise we have had discovering a document belonged to the ancient owner of the wallet, emerging from the past after a century of forgetfulness.

We have a particular fondness for this objects and we handle it with an always renewed emotion.

Christening certificate of Juana Natividad Ordana Diaz, June 25, 1879 I may ..... Christening certificate of Juana Natividad Orelana Diaz who was baptized in this house June 25, 1879....
 

Madrid July 4, 1882

CASA PROVINCIAL INCLUSA - COLEGIO DE LA PAZ
DIRECCION
MATERNIDAD - MADRID


 

Puede ....... la partida de bautis-
mo de Juana Natividad Orelana
Diaz que a bautizo en esta Casa el
25 de Junio 1879
Madrid 4 Julio 1882

 

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silver
coverleather interior
of the wallet
Giorgio Busetto - 2004 -
www.silvercollection.it

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