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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the Russian
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the 18th century
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salt
devices
the Italian
corner

the 19th century
corner

shakers
and casters
the German
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the American
corner

tobacciana
miscellany
the Austrian
corner

the Continental
corner

napkin
rings
the Georgian
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the French
corner

spoons
miscellany
my articles
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antique silver
No one of my items is for sale, but most of them were bought through the Internet.
antique silver and objects of vertu
1 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
German and Austrian silver marks and hallmarks
German silver hallmark Hanau silver hallmark Hanau silver hallmark
 Germany -  Hanau silver -  Austria -
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 Biedermaier-Germany
26 claret jug - Spain
27 coffee pot - England
28 glass holder - Germany
29 water pitcher - USA
30 barbotine dish - Austria
Sterling and Solid Silver marks and hallmarks
Russian hallmark Italian hallmarks French hallmarks English hallmarks Austrian hallmark
 Russia - Italy - France - England - Gallery
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 bowl - Scotland
51 wedding spoon- Germany
52 candle snuffer - England
53 inkstand - Germany
54 coffee pot - England
55 apostle spoon Continental silver
56 milk creamer - Italy
57 water pitcher - Italy
58 vase - China
59 spoon - Russia
60 teaset
Maker's mark
Elkington hallmark 1842-1860 Georg Jensen hallmark 1945-1951 Tiffany hallmark     Elkington - Jensen - Gorham - Tiffany
61 soup ladle - 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 candelabra - 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 Art Deco bakelite candleholder
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
90 beaker - Italy
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
antique silver and objects of vertu
118 spoon - Italy (5)
119 napkin ring - Russia
120 walking stick (3)
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 silver jug - Italy
138 silver cup gilded interior - Italy
139 silver tea caddy spoon - Italy
140 cheroot holder case
141 silver chamberstick - Italy
142 silver and cut glass salt /pepper
143 silver vase (or glass) holder
144 cut metal silhouette
145 silver stamp case - England
146 silver punch ladle - Germany
147 Vesta coin holder - USA
148 niello nib holder - Russia
149 Mappin&Webb basket - England
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
150 silver cover wallet - Spain
151 silver salt cellar - Russia
152 meerschaum pipe - Austria
153 enamelled pencil holder
154 Continental 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
Hallmarks: silver plate - electroplate - Old Sheffield
Rogers & Bro. - Waterbury CT hallmark Walker & Hall hallmark Devices of Old Sheffiel Plate
American - Electroplate - Old Sheffield -
165 Continental 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 - Torino - Italy
176 folding spoon - Italy
177 silver inkwell?
178 bowl - England
179 brass or bronze egg
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 - Genoa - Italy
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 silver knife and fork - Japan or China
239 violoncello player statue - Italy
240 tea strainer - Russia
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
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Pelton Bros. Silver Plate Co. hallmarkRogers & Bro. - Waterbury CT hallmark Mappin & Webb hallmarkWalker & Hall hallmark Devices of Old Sheffiel Plate
American Silver Plate marks English Electroplate silver marks Old Sheffied Plate marks
Elkington hallmark 1842-1860 Georg Jensen hallmark 1945-1951 Gorham Athenic hallmarkGorham Martelé hallmark Tiffany hallmarks WMF hallmarks
Elkington Georg Jensen Gorham Corporation Tiffany & Co WMF
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AN ILLUSTRATED GLOSSARY
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THE WHAT IS? SILVER DICTIONARY:
Aladdin lamp - argyle - argyll - asparagus fork - asparagus holder - asparagus server - assayer mark - baby rattle - bed warmer - bombilla - bougie-box - bourdalou - bratina - brazier - bread-basket - buckle - cake-basket - canteen - caster - castor - cayenne scoop - cayenne spoon - chanukah lamp - charka - chatelaine - cigar lighter - close plating - coach pot - coat of arms - coin holder - counter holder - cow creamer - crest - cruet stand - dance card - duty mark - ember bowl - esrog box - etrog container - funnel - gilded silver - hallmark - Hanau silver - hamd warmer - holy water font - hovedvandsæg - Jewish ritual silverware - Judaica - kiddush beaker - kiddush cup - kiddush goblet - kovsh - lucerna - maker's mark - mark - marrow scoop - marrow spoon - matchbox holder - mate - memento mori - monteith - menorah - mote skimmer - mote spoon - moustache cup - muffineer - mustache cup - nef - nipple shield - nutmeg grater - oil lamp - old sheffield plate - overlay glass - pap-boat - pax - pepper caster - pepperette - pickle spoon - pipe lighter - pomander - posy holder - prickling - punch ladle - racing-bell - rattle - salt - salt cellar - salt shaker - salt throne - sheffield plate - silent butler - silver-gilt - silver overlay glass - sovereign holder - spice box - spice tower - stamp case - sugar nips - sugar tongs - talc bottle - taper-box - tea tongs - torah breastplate - torah pointer - torah shield - town mark - trencher salt - tussie mussie - vermeil - vesta case - vinaigrette - wager cup - Warwick cruet stand - waste bowl - wax-jack - wine funnel - yad

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 and putting together some pieces of 18th century and much more of 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 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 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 on its website www.ascasonline.org and its monthly newsletter many interesting articles related to silver. Its archive is now the wider gathering of articles related to silver freely available on the web.
Below is the list of some small works related to silver that I've published for ASCAS.



MY ARTICLES RELATED TO ANTIQUE SILVER
Italian antique silver oil lamps (lucerna) English text Lucerne Italiane in argento versione italiana
An unusual item - The Georgian silver wine funnel English text
From birth to death English text
Hallmarks of Russian silversmiths English text
Dedications on silver cigarette boxes English text
Nutmeg graters English text
Little-Known Tableware Items: Argyles English text Un oggetto poco conosciuto: l'Argyle versione italiana
Silver figural toothpick holders of 19th century English text
Silver salt throne from Tsarist Russia English text Saliere a 'trono' dalla Russia Imperiale versione italiana
Posy Holder or Tussie Mussie English text
An ancient liturgical object: the PAX English text Un antico oggetto liturgico: la PACE versione italiana
The Victorian lozenge - dating 'Registered Model' of the UK Patent Office English text
Buried treasures English text Tesori sepolti versione italiana
Silver toilet sets English text Servizi da toeletta in argento versione italiana
Hallmarks of Italian silver:Late 19th/20th century English text Punzoni dell'argento italiano dall'Unità d'Italia ai giorni nostri versione italiana
Another way of documenting a silver collection English text
A collection of Judaica Silver English text
Hispano-American silver: the TOPOS English text Argenti Ispano-Americani: i TOPOS versione italiana
A forgotten object: the silver warmer English text Un oggetto di cui si è dimeticato l'uso: lo scaldino d'argento versione italiana
A misleading tea complement: the waste bowl English text
Judaica silver - Jewish ritual silver English text
Damian de Castro Spanish ember bowl English text
Two silver pieces of Jean Redart English text
A German beaker from .... 1576 English text
Silverware of Giuseppe Garibaldi English text Una forchetta di Giuseppe Garibaldi versione in italiano
A teapot of Antoine Joseph Gellé English text Une théière de Antoine Joseph Gellé version française
A sugar bowl with St.Mark's lion English text
A Walker & Hall coffee pot English text
Milk creamer and sugar bowl from Russia English text
A Tiffany serving dish and cover English text
Carl Adolf Kohl: silversmith and ...cartoonist English text
An Edwardian stamp case English text
Casters, talc bottles and pepperettes - Three centuries of silver shakers English text
Demons & Devils English text
An Italian silver hair-pin: the 'sperada' English text
Silver salt English text
Argenteria Sfriso: la più vecchia argenteria artigiana di Venezia versione in italiano

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none of the objects are for sale, but comments and suggestions would always be welcome.
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this page is maintained by Giorgio B. - Venice - Italy
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updated September 17, 2006


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the Russian
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the 18th century
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salt
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the Italian
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the 19th century
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shakers
and casters
the German
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the American
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tobacciana
miscellany
the Austrian
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the Continental
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napkin
rings
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the French
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spoons
miscellany
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