Dating english silver plate

Published: 30.08.2017

Note that the individually stamped order and pattern numbers are not perfectly aligned, a typical sign of custom stamping. This is especially important if your original mark is a line drawing and not a photograph.

The scales control mark, in Fig.

It is perfectly legal, for example, to stamp silver with trademarks or brand names of companies no longer in business or whose trademark is no longer registered. The millesimal, or numeric expression of the standard, , must appear in the middle of the scale. If there is a telltale seam where two ends were put together, often copper is showing through at this seam , then you have Old Sheffield Plate see Figure 5.


A treasonable offence in times when treason was punished by death. The Office has a proud history of testing and hallmarking items manufactured from precious. Most of what is generally available in the marketplace today is silverplate, but Old Sheffield plated wares are still around. The biggest danger in detecting new molded marks is to stop your examination after you have matched a suspected mark to marks in a reference book. In branches were opened at Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta and Karachi.

The piece can reasonably be dated c.

How to Tell Sterling Silver from Plated

The lion passant is no longer required but may be used in addition to the numeric mark. Glasgow, Scotland - Until only city mark, date letter and maker's mark. In other instances upon replating the details of the marks are completely lost. The "LD" indicates that the piece was made after that date.

    1. Michael_Costa - 06.09.2017 in 12:16

      Since Old Sheffield Plate is made like a sandwich with silver being the bread and copper being the filling, look to the edges for clues.

      Erik_Millenium - 06.09.2017 in 18:50

      Tighe from New Zealand emigrants in " the ship's surgeon averted a measles epidemic on board the Rangitiki.

      Matthew_Dickerson - 14.09.2017 in 07:05

      Cast marks tend to be shallow with ragged or blurred edges and uneven in depth of impression.

      Antosik_Meys - 15.09.2017 in 15:52

      Locate and identify the City Mark.

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