Dating english silver hallmarks

As an example, the date letter for 1898 in London is a lowercase ‘c’, in Sheffield it is a lowercase 'f' and in Birmingham it is a lowercase ‘y’. This is why it is important to find the town mark before you try to find the date letter.The Maker’s mark was initially a picture, but this practice was superseded by using the first two letters of the maker’s surname and later the initials.

The date letters below show the background shape for silver.If you can't see any of these 5 marks, the chances are that the item is either not British or is silverplated.If you can find one of these marks, then you know that the item is British silver and you can move onto stage 2.It is a form of consumer protection, whose origin goes back almost 1000 years.There are so many different hallmarks found on British silver that to know all of them would be impossible.

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