Just a bit more information, James Ede was apprenticed to Solomon Hougham, the partnership of Ede and Hewat lasted less than two years, their workshops were at 12, King Street, Goswell Street, London, I hope this helps, Trev.
Hi Bahner, Thank you for an excellent explanation, I wonder sometimes why people went into the trade of the silversmith when the penalties for an error were so severe, just the minimum of losing the items sent for assay could ruin some and prison,transportation, heavy fines or even worse for larger ...
Hi Tom, They are quite rare over here, I've only ever seen about half a dozen of them, they are usually dated 1800-1810 and I've never seen one made outside London. I always asumed that the style came first and when people refered to them as coffin ends they became unpopular! regards Trev. .
Hi, When the scratch test is made, it appears to be done freehand, but in all the German spoons that I have seen, I have never seen one that has slipped off the edge, did the assayer use a special tool?, regards Trev. http://www.925-1000.com/marks/AssayBurins.jpg (admin edit - photo examples added -...
Dinio, This is something you could try to find the date, place the bowl in freezer for a while, remove it, and as the warmer air hits the surface, momentarily the rubbed hallmark can appear, if your lucky, worth experimenting with. Trev. .
Hi, One of the first books I would purchase would be Jackson's Silver and Gold Marks (full version) edited by Ian Pickford, it will prove to be a good investment I'm sure, if you have an interest in British silver. regards Trev.
Hi, Your piece dates from 1785 it was made in London by John Crouch and Thomas Hannam they were a specialist maker of salvers , trays and candlesticks, their workshops were at 23, Giltspur Street, London when this was made, regards Trev. .