Discovering a piece of silver that might hold particular relevance or have been produced by a highly respected maker can bring rich rewards Main Sections: A false silver hallmark has always been treated with the utmost severity by the law and in the past a silversmith was pilloried for their first offence, where they would be pelted with rotten fruit and vegetables.
The Legislative Reform Order LRO which came into law on 8 February also changed the requirements for sponsor marks, allowing logos to be used for the first time, as long as they provide the required traceability.
Because of this, some companies within the U. Beginning on 1 DecemberBritish law mandated that a duty mark be applied to silver pieces. The Birmingham Anchor When the Birmingham Assay Office was established inlargely due to the representations of the great Midlands industrialist, Matthew Boulton, the mark of an anchor was adopted as the town mark.
Unchanged were the required date letter and sponsor's mark. Beginning in and new system was instituted in which each assay office stamped its own symbol as the import mark, this replaced the town mark. The use of this mark was abolished in The city mark no longer indicates the city in which the piece was assayed, or that the item was assayed in the UK.
This same system was also used to frame gold hallmarks.
Every item made of silver must be sent to an Assay Office for testing. Meanwhile, a hexagonal frame represented fine silver. The laws governing silver hallmarking are very strict and if an item does not comply with a standard the item will not be hallmarked and will probably be destroyed.
An additional mark to indicate that an item was assayed outside the UK is likely to be introduced in French silver also is punched with the mark of the maker. A letter "F" in an oval cartouche was stamped alongside the regular hallmarks, the maker's mark being that of the British importing firm sponsor's mark.
Irish silver also contains the image of Hibernia. Your guide to antique pottery marks, porcelain marks and china marks Dating Antique Silver Hallmarks Antique Silver Hallmarks and how to indentify where your silver comes from. The lion passant mark was replaced by a numerical standard mark.
The mark for silver meeting the sterling standard of purity is the Lion Passantbut there have been other variations over the years, most notably the mark indicating Britannia purity. Today, collecting Antique Silver is a very lucrative pastime, which can be taken up by anyone with a little bit of time and money.
Therefore, by debasing silver or gold, the offender was undermining the coin of the realm. Simply learn to recognise those Antique Silver Hallmarks. The date mark is a letter indicating the exact year in which the piece was made. Between and the crown is often incorporated with the date letter struck on small objects. It became an optional standard thereafter, and in the United Kingdom and Ireland is now denoted by the millesimal fineness hallmark "", with the symbol of Britannia being applied optionally.
Inthe figure of Hibernia was added.