Dating english silver marks

Published: 11.03.2018

Discovering a piece of silver that might hold particular relevance or have been produced by a highly respected maker can bring rich rewards. Items bearing British Import marks will sometimes have additional marks from the country of origin, sometimes not.

The following two diamond shaped marks were used from

Originally, makers' marks were pictograms, but by the beginning of the 17th Century it had become common practice to use the maker's initials. The Lion Passant Sometimes called the Sterling Mark, the lion passant, the mark for Made in England, first appeared on English silver and gold in


This makes difficult the research of information for inexperienced people. Between and the crown is often incorporated with the date letter struck on small objects.

Home Latest Updates Careers. Dating English Registry Marks. Its purpose was to establish when a piece was presented for assay or testing of the silver content.

The Incomplete Guide to Silver Hallmarks

Used from Each letter on the diagram represents one of the tables below: The Bundle number is unimportant to most collectors. The use of this mark was abolished in The last number issued in July was and began again In August starting with number In most cases was accompanied by the initials B.

    1. Nicholas_Swagger - 16.03.2018 in 07:26

      This is not the date of manufacture of the piece popular model continued to be manufactured for many years but signifies that it was made after this date.

      Ewgenii_Iwanow - 18.03.2018 in 13:38

      To give an example using the mark above the chart, you get the following information:

      Emilio_Barzini - 28.03.2018 in 10:21

      Unchanged were the required date letter and sponsor's mark. Establish that it has one of the Silver Standard Marks , if not it is likely silverplate or from a different country.

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