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by agphile
Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:38 pm
Forum: Dutch Silver
Topic: beakers ww2
Replies: 9
Views: 6692

Re: beakers ww2

http://aircrashsites.co.uk/air-crash-si ... ad-moor-3/
The above site has a bit about Machat - not to do with the Wellington crash it starts with, but with the later fate of the trainees who survived that crash.
by agphile
Wed Oct 05, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: Dutch Silver
Topic: beakers ww2
Replies: 9
Views: 6692

Re: beakers ww2

Oberleutnant Stefan Machat was a nightfighter pilot. There is an online reference to him shooting down a Wellington in Tunisia on 19 April 1943. If these beakers were trophies for his kills, might there be another somewhere with the April 1943 date?
by agphile
Thu Sep 29, 2016 1:08 pm
Forum: Sheffield Hallmarks
Topic: Silver Tankard
Replies: 4
Views: 2287

Re: Silver Tankard

If it is the weight of the silver, it is presumably a measurement in Troy ounces to which a measured weight in avoirdupois or grams would need to be converted.
by agphile
Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:01 am
Forum: General Questions
Topic: WHS William or Walter?
Replies: 4
Views: 1919

Re: WHS William or Walter?

According to Fallon's book on London marks Walter Searle entered WHS marks of various sizes between 1899 and 1906. He had entered into a partnership with the brothers Frank and Arthur Eady in 1897 but the partnership was dissolved in 1907 because he had used several thousand pounds of the firm's mon...
by agphile
Sun Sep 11, 2016 4:38 am
Forum: Flatware Pattern Identification
Topic: What is this pattern called?
Replies: 5
Views: 2424

Re: What is this pattern called?

In England I normally see the decoration described as reed and ribbon. It can be found applied to various patterns of stem, thus Hanoverian reed and ribbon if I am right in seeing the stem turn up on your example. There is also King's Shape reed and ribbon (a relatively rare 18th century Boulton and...
by agphile
Fri Sep 09, 2016 7:34 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: 6 George Adams salt spoons w/crown engraved on top
Replies: 18
Views: 6711

Re: 6 George Adams salt spoons w/crown engraved on top

I think the intertwined cursive initials read JSM. I cannot identify the coronet above them. It presumably identifies JSM's rank in the nobility but perhaps not the British nobility. The inscription is engraved the other way round from what is normal on British spoons which might perhaps suggest the...
by agphile
Thu Sep 08, 2016 7:01 pm
Forum: Birmingham Hallmarks
Topic: Enamelled coffee spoon set: mysterious connection between Mappin & Webb and Turner & Simpson?
Replies: 6
Views: 9178

Re: Enamelled coffee spoon set: mysterious connection between Mappin & Webb and Turner & Simpson?

In Britain the so-called maker's mark is actually the sponsor's mark. The sponsor can be the maker or, for example, a retailer who has commissioned items from the maker. The most likely explanation seems to me to be that Mappin and Webb commissioned teaspoons from Turner and Simpson, requiring them ...
by agphile
Wed Aug 24, 2016 12:16 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Any ideas what/who this is?
Replies: 8
Views: 4668

Re: Any ideas what/who this is?

Just a small further comment in case it is any help in trying to identify the crest. The bird on the spoons is "belled". The little circles at the back of each leg represent the bells that are strapped to birds kept for hunting. That is, it is not a wild bird of prey so it is most likely t...
by agphile
Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:18 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Any ideas what/who this is?
Replies: 8
Views: 4668

Re: Any ideas what/who this is?

http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1352/13610430/24396422/412733981.jpg Flicking through Fairbairn’s Crests this is the, closest I get to the posture of the bird, described as an eagle, wings expanded, preying on a cony. I don’t think what we are taking as the bird’s nest in the engraving on the spoo...
by agphile
Tue Aug 23, 2016 1:26 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Any ideas what/who this is?
Replies: 8
Views: 4668

Re: Any ideas what/who this is?

I am not sure this is a Pelican in her Piety.That crest should show the pelican having pecked at her breast to draw blood, with the drops of blood falling to feed her young in the nest (the noble mother sacrificing herself for her young in hard times). While the heraldic pelican looks nothing like a...
by agphile
Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: London old special jug need help to identify 1695 or 1773 ?!
Replies: 1
Views: 1211

Re: London old special jug need help to identify 1695 or 1773 ?!

The style of the jug is wrong for 1695. Also the detail of the hallmark (shape of the lion passant's cartouche). So it must be 1773. Afraid I cannot confidently identify WT.
by agphile
Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:12 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Partial Hallmark 1754 London Spoon
Replies: 5
Views: 2479

Re: Partial Hallmark 1754 London Spoon

I agree that stylistically the spoon is likely to be from around 1754 and that the very worn marks would be consistent with a London spoon. Sadly, I cannot offer a confident attribution for the maker's mark. There are a few known spoon makers with initials that might fit but a quick flip through Gri...
by agphile
Tue Aug 16, 2016 12:31 pm
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Salt London 1872
Replies: 5
Views: 2152

Re: Salt London 1872

One possibility would be George Fox (C T & G Fox). His GF mark has a very distinctively shaped cartouche and I think I may discern a touch of the right outline in the first picture of the original post. The mark is illustrated on the ever useful Silvermakersmarks site if you want to check it out.
by agphile
Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:47 pm
Forum: Scottish Hallmarks
Topic: Requesting help with hallmark
Replies: 4
Views: 5632

Re: Requesting help with hallmark

I should have checked the invaluable Silvermakersmarks site before replying. I think the maker's mark must be T.E for Thomas Ebbutt but at this date used by Hamilton and Inches who had taken over the Ebbutt business.
by agphile
Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:42 pm
Forum: Scottish Hallmarks
Topic: Requesting help with hallmark
Replies: 4
Views: 5632

Re: Requesting help with hallmark

The badge for McCall or McAul of Scotland. The motto, Ferio Tego: I strike and defend.The marks for Edinburgh, I think 1952, but I don't know the maker whose mark is T.B.
by agphile
Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:28 am
Forum: Contributors' Notes
Topic: British Silverplate Dating Systems - Mappin & Webb
Replies: 13
Views: 35428

Re: British Silverplate Dating Systems - Mappin & Webb

In the absence of information from the horse's mouth (i.e a Mappin and Webb insider) I think a trawl through M&W advertisements might help clarify when the firm started using the Princes Plate brand and when it was replaced by Mappin Plate. Also when the firm stopped using other quality descript...
by agphile
Thu May 12, 2016 4:44 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Alexander Ritchie Iona Spoon
Replies: 4
Views: 1858

Re: Alexander Ritchie Iona Spoon

If a bit more about the original is of interest: http://www.nms.ac.uk/explore/search-our-collections/collection-item/?item_id=25981&search=description='Iona%20silver'&startfrom=1 http://www.incorporationofgoldsmiths.org/content/media/Curle-Alexander-O-A-Note-on-Four-Silver-Spoons-and-a-Fille...
by agphile
Tue May 10, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: Contributors' Notes
Topic: The Snippet - Past News of the Silver Trade
Replies: 2164
Views: 449996

Re: The Daily Snippet - Past News of the Silver Trade

Interesting. The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein is an Offenbach operetta. Hortense Schneider was the leading lady when it was first produced. I'm not sure whether this reveals that her stage jewels were actually the real thing? Or did she have a real set made up for her private use?
by agphile
Thu Apr 28, 2016 12:30 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: RI - IR - Private Die Spoon
Replies: 4
Views: 1867

Re: RI - IR - Private Die Spoon

The mask front suggests to me that the spoon might have been made for a place of entertainment such as a theatre, winter garden or hotel. If the RI stood for Rex et Imperator/Regina et Imperatrix/Royal Imperial it could have been something like a Royal Imperial hotel or club perhaps, but that is a f...
by agphile
Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:56 am
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Tindercord and Match Compartment Cigarette Case 1 - Marked
Replies: 4
Views: 1480

Re: Tindercord and Match Compartment Cigarette Case Marked

I think the engraving simply translates as "1892 from EM". The cyrillic EM can sometimes be transliterated as EM but also as Ye M depending on how we normally spell the Russian name represented by the E.

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