Antique silver hallmarks have been used to control the quality of goods made of silver since the 14th century and the organisation that regulates the craft, Goldsmiths Hall, gave the world the term hallmark.This is to ensure it is of the required sterling silver standard and, provided it conforms to a standard, a series of symbols are stamped into each part of the item.
This will create a contrast between the recessed area of the stamp, which will still be tarnished, and the surrounding metal.
Use a magnifying glass if you can't make out the details.
Hallmark date stamps on silver, gold, and platinum for the Offices of London, Birmingham, Sheffield, and Edinburgh from 1678 – 1974 London Dated Hallmarks from 1678 – 1974. Dating UK Hallmarks See all the main dated hallmarks from the UK since 1678 International Hallmarks How to identify the international hallmarks on gold, silver and platinum products.
Rare Gold and Silver Hallmarks Hallmarks used for events, dates or hallmarks that are no longer made.
Hallmarks are one of the most important factors in identifying antique silver jewelry, flatware, and other items.
These small stamped symbols on the back or underside of silver items can tell you the purity of the silver, the manufacturer of the piece, and sometimes even the date it was made.
Understanding British Hallmarks The 8 hallmarks that guarantee the quality and value on UK Assayed products.
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Sterling silver is 92.5 percent pure silver and 7.5 percent other metals like copper and nickel.
Some items are silver plated, which means they are crafted from a base metal and then covered in a thin layer of pure silver.
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