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Dating silver plate letter dates

Published: 10.02.2017

Its purpose was to establish when a piece was presented for assay or testing of the silver content. This just proves that early silver plate pieces are still to be found at very reasonable prices.

A typical set of antique British silver hallmarks showing (left to right); 1.Standard Mark, 2.City Mark, 3.Date Letter, 4.Duty Mark and 5.Maker's Mark.

The Hallmarking Act of brought the remaining 4 British Assay Offices London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh into line with each other with the date letter now changing from on 1 January each year. Birmingham - reg c. It was marked with their famous flag mark, but in this case, two crossed flags. This means a 'like' of a picture, a comment or a full post on the wall.

Silver Dictionary' of A Small Collection of Antique Silver and Objects of vertu , a pages richly illustrated website offering all you need to know about antique silver, sterling silver, silverplate, Sheffield plate, electroplate silver, silverware, flatware, tea services and tea complements, marks and hallmarks, articles, books, auction catalogs, famous silversmiths Tiffany, Gorham, Jensen, Elkington , history, oddities

Birmingham - 1st q. Smith Birmingham - 2nd half 20th C. The purpose of these marks was, mostly, of promotional nature and hid the unacknowledged goal of confusing the customer about the nature of the metal alloy.

Here are a couple of marks which are not often seen. The enforced use of the maker's mark was instituted in London in SHEFFIELD ASSAY MARK Date Letters u v x z then A to Z missing out J and Q.

A set of symbols imitating the shape of sterling silver hallmarking. Much of its production was exported, especially to the United States.

ELKINGTON MARKS "PARADE" click on photo to enlarge image. Main Page Australia Austria Canada Cape Colony Channel Islands England town Famous makers France Germany Hanau Ireland Italy Mexico Old Sheffield plate Russia Scotland Scotland Provincial UK Silver plate UK makers sterling USA Silver plate USA sterling.

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