In my opinion here is one of the most important links, to be found on the Internet the “British Hallmark Guide” … Although a bit of a misnomer as the site also covers hallmarks from around the world, but as a guide, it is fantastic, leading you through the process of reading silver or gold marks, from not only England but the rest of the world;

http://www.925-1000.com/british_marks.html


 


 


United Kingdoms, Silver Assay Office Marks; 

Shown below is how to read any date and marks on silver, this an easy task once you have the right tools, shown below is an example, we start of with the first two letters, which represents the ‘maker’s mark’., with the Anchor showing that it was assayed at the Birmingham Office, whilst the lion passant is present on all hallmarked silver since1544 and considered to represent the assay office coming under royal control, and lastly there is a date letter; 


 

Shown below are some of the town assay marks:

Birmingham

Chester

Dublin

Edinburgh

Exeter

Glasgow

London

Newcastle

Sheffield

York