Dating silver hallmarks sheffield
The following list is compiled from emails of Silver Forum subscribers: The list consists of designers and maker's marks that have been difficult to find in reference materials so far.The left box of each row is for the mark, either a photograph or text indicating the name found on the piece. & Howson Hayne & Cater Hennell family Holland Aldwinckle & Slater Horton & Allday Hukin & Heath W. Jamieson Lambert & Co Lamerie Latham & Morton Levi & Salaman C. Ramsden Reid & Sons Richards & Brown Roberts & Belk J.
Vander Wakely & Wheeler Walker & Hall D&J Wellby Ltd West & Son H. In these early days it was not uncommon for silver objects to be melted down and converted into coinage, and so it was imperative that the silver used was of a sufficient grade, especially with continental silver containing a much lower percentage of silver. Any piece of silver had to be officially approved to be of a high enough silver content, and would be given it’s hallmark only when this was the case.As a consequence the hallmark became a standard of quality and assurance, and the presence of a hallmark on a silver object was an official seal of approval. Woodward & Co HALLMARKS OF BRITISH SILVER The hallmarking of British silver is based on a combination of marks that allow the identification of the origin and the age of each piece.Hallmarks are small markings stamped on gold, silver and platinum articles.