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The list consists of designers and maker’s marks that have been difficult to find in reference materials so far. When information is found it will appear with credit given to the person who provided it. Thank you, in advance, for your assistance. US silver companies such as Gorham and Tiffany often used both marks in the late ‘s. Britain never used a standard less than Hence why British silver is sought after pre hundreds. Britain would not accept any standard below as silver. Most European countries up until s used s. Places like Egypt still today only use silver information provided by Vanessa Paterson.

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Dating The dating of Lydian Lion coins is “the most challenging question in ancient Greek numismatic scholarship,” according to Nicholas Cahill and John H. Alyattes was the father of Kroisos Croesus , the Lydian king of legendary wealth who was likely the first to strike coins of pure gold and silver. Alyattes is infrequently referred to as Alyattes II.

One well-respected ancient coin auction house recently changed its attributions of these coins to Alyattes II, and a few other auction houses and dealers have since followed suit.

H is the first letter of the Finnish word for silver, Hopea, and ‘H’ is a Finnish designation for silver, see Warman’s Jewelry 2nd Edition, ‘Marks on Metals’ for a concise listing of many silver fineness marks.

Distinguishment[ edit ] Hallmarks are often confused with “trademarks” or “maker’s marks”. A hallmark is not the mark of a manufacturer to distinguish his products from other manufacturers’ products: To be a true hallmark, it must be the guarantee of an independent body or authority that the contents are as marked. Thus, a stamp of ‘ ‘ by itself is not, strictly speaking, a hallmark, but is rather an unattested fineness mark.

Prerequisites to hallmarking[ edit ] Many nations require, as a prerequisite to official hallmarking, that the maker or sponsor itself marks upon the item a responsibility mark and a claim of fineness. Responsibility marks are also required in the U. Nevertheless, in nations with an official hallmarking scheme, the hallmark is only applied after the item has been assayed to determine that its purity conforms not only to the standards set down by the law but also with the maker’s claims as to metal content.

How to Date Gorham Sterling Silver

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Antique Thimbles, American style. By: Carrie P. Jones English and French marks normally appear on the band; German are usually on the second row of the indentations. Although a few of the American and Norwegian are on the band, usually they are inside the cap. decorative arts, English silver, Now on eBay, silver decor. RELATED POSTS.

It has the early form with a long cannon handle and heavy bordered drip pan with a reeded edge. A nice feature is the ring handle support. The drip pan has hand engraved initials underneath. Weight grams, 7. Makers mark probably John Penfold see photo of Jacksons page Sold An extremely rare early English silver chamber stick also known as a go to bed with the solid design and excellent heavy gaug Weight grams, Makers mark entered in Jacksons Page With a plain straigh

Antique Identification Marks

Whether you collect antique Chinese pottery vases, eighteenth century British sterling silver or any type of antique at all, you know the understanding of antique identification marks is invaluable. Thousands of Antique Identification Marks When thinking of all antiques in existence there are tens of thousands, if not more, of different identification marks.

For instance one website, Antique-Marks, has more than 10, images of maker’s marks and trademarks found on antique pottery and porcelain. Every collector, whether a novice or seasoned, needs accurate resources that help to identify and value pieces of interest.

Gold and silver hallmarks Understanding British or English hallmarking since Dating Silver by Assay and Fineness marks Quickly decide whether the your object is .

Silver Identification Guide The marks on the bottom of a piece of silver can be an indication of the age, maker, and origin of the piece. This is a list of American silver marks and solid American silver. Other lists include silver-plated wares and pewter. It will not help you to identify other silver. Four or five small pictorial marks usually indicate England as the country of origin. Queen Victoria faces left.

Queen Elizabeth faces left. Silver was stamped with a lion for London, a thistle for Edinburgh. The harp indicated the piece was made in Dublin. Glasgow silver-smiths used a fish or tree. Ornate capital letters or the fleur-de-lis were used in France. A hand indicates Antwerp, a spread eagle Germany or Russia.

If a piece is not American, refer to the sources abut English or Continental silver. If it seems to be American, this dictionary will help.

English Silver Makers Marks

Symbols on Precious Metals and what they mean British Hallmarks and maker’s marks on Sterling Silver Silver marks are usually shown in groups of anywhere from two to as many as six. Some of these symbols are for Taxation or Duty Collection purposes. Precious metals were regarded as part of the National Treasure or Federal Reserve of many countries and authorities devised copious methods of assessing its value and also constantly monitored the overall quantities available within the national borders at any given time, whether in the form of raw silver ingots or silver items and jewelry.

Most countries stopped regulating silver in Part of the reason was that silver could be easily converted to currency or be used as a valuable bargaining or bartering resource in trading with other nations, including allies and those who had other commodities to exchange that would be vital at times of war or crisis. For example, many countries rich in silver exchanged it for Chromium or other related materials used in making weaponry and dynamite.

Howard (), Old London Silver, Its History, Its Makers and Its Marks Jackson (), English Goldsmiths and their Marks: A History of the Goldsmiths and .

It is miles from complete but culled from as many lists as I can find. In the s Edwin Holmes noted there were over silversmiths in Birmingham alone and felt it would be a never-ending task to list the ones who had made thimbles. I have a listing from which lists all the Birmingham silversmiths and Norma Spicer has produced a list from the assay office in Birmingham which is included in this list. So tho Holmes noted that there were over silversmiths, only a fraction would have produced silver thimbles and current thinking in is that the bulk of this listing are the names of wholesalers, factors or sponsors who had thimbles produced with their marks, but they did not actually make the thimbles.

These are the antiques of the future!! I have included variations or additions to names, listing the silversmith under the most commonly found maker’s mark.

Antique English Pottery Marks

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Fake and Forged Silver Marks As mentioned in previous articles, we mentioned the importance of understand Silver hallmarks. But there is also one important aspect, the forged and faked Silver .

How to Read English Hallmarks There are plenty of pages on How to Read English Hallmarks on the net, in this article I’ve tried to take the subject back to basics and start from scratch. Hopefully you might find it useful. As a quality control measure, hallmarking has proved itself to be a very efficient method of marking hundreds of thousands of items.

Once you know what each of the marks represents it is easy to figure out where the object was made, who made it, what year it was made and finally confirm the grade, or silver content of the metal. It is handy to carry around a small pocket guide book if possible. Many items also include a Makers Mark. There are literaly thousands of these marks that would fill many pages on the site, and many are available on other web sites, so only a few of the more common ones will be shown here for reference.

The series of marks you will find on an item can be broken down to simplify identification as in the following table. They work in a progressive sequence to establish the correct date for an item. These are all the marks you need to effectively date an item of Sterling Silver. You may see other marks that may confuse you, but remember that makers often put their own mark on twice, for instance, or you may see different monarchs heads, lions heads and the same letter mark but on a different background see below.

It is easy to see then that identifying silver items and dating them isn’t quite as difficult as it would first seem.

English Silver Marks


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