U.K. Hallmarks…

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 a large part of the rest of the world;


Crisford and Norris

of 117-118 Vyse Street, Birmingham. Birmingham”
1896 to 1978
Makers of: Baby’s rattle, bookmark, box, button hook, card case, compact, match box holder, napkin ring, pepperette, shoe horn, spoon, stamp case, trophy cup.
1929 Listed Exhibitor. Manufacturers of Silver Baby Rattles. Silver Ladies’ Compact and Loose Powder Boxes. Silver and E.P.N.S. Manicure Cases and Stands. Silver Prize Cups and Patent Grip Attachments. Fancy articles and novelties. Birmingham Jewellers’ and Silversmiths’ Association Member. (Stand Nos. J.43 and J.54) [1] (registered Jan 1896) Baby’s rattle, bookmark, box, button hook, card case, compact, match box holder, napkin ring, pepperette, shoe horn, spoon, stamp case, trophy cup Manufacturing jewellers, Vyse Street, Birmingham… C & N… Crisford & Norris
Birmingham 1902 hallmark


Silver Spoon, reading the marks from left to right, with the makers mark of Thomas Harper II, then showing the Duty Tax mark of George III – with the date letter C indicating 1818…


Please Note; that a different “Date Letter Stamp” was used between…
March 27th 1697
& May 29th 1697


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



This is an interesting link, & details what you will come across, on most silver items, with the all important dates…   silver marks ID