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Sequences of historical marks for the following offices can be viewed through the links below (reproduced courtesy of the British Hallmarking Council).
London Hallmarks Birmingham Hallmarks Sheffield Hallmarks Edinburgh Hallmarks Collectors will often place a premium on silver hallmarked in other regional centres which have since closed.
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The large oak circular top being inlaid with a repeated 'trompe l'oeil' star motif with a carv...
The Edinburgh mark is a three-turreted castle (to which a thistle was added from 1759 until 1975 when a lion rampant replace the thistle); the mark for Sheffield was a crown until 1974 when it was replaced by a rosette, while the symbol for silver made in Birmingham is an anchor.
Silver struck with the half leopard’s head and half fleur de lys of York (closed 1856) and the crowned X or a three-turreted castle of Exeter (closed 1883) can be collectable on account of its rarity and sense of place.Most British and Irish silver carries a number of stamps indicating not just the standard or purity mark (typically the lion passant) but also the initials of the maker, a date letter and the place of assay.Since hallmarking began, the leopard’s head has been used in various forms to denote the London Assay Office.In Ireland, silversmiths in Cork, Limerick and beyond simply marked their silver with the word ‘Sterling’ and a maker’s initials.In 18th and 19th century Scotland more than 30 different silversmithing centres were active from Aberdeen to Wick with each ‘hammerman’ using their own mark.
A vintage Mission style oak hall tree, dating to the early 20th century.