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How To Read Silver Hallmarks: A Guide

Many people find themselves in possession of antique silver without any knowledge regarding how to identify the piece based on hallmarks.

Reading silver hallmarks is a skill that can tell you a lot about your silver item, including the purity, where it was assayed, in whose factory it was produced, and the year in which the item was assayed. 

This helpful guide on how to read hallmarks will allow you to find out the basics regarding your silver items. 

How do you read a silver hallmark?

Are you looking to read your silver hallmarks but don’t know where to start?  At Mark Littler LTD we are experts in all things silver, and we can help you to read silver hallmarks and ascertain the origin of your silver. Read on to learn about how to decipher silver hallmarks. 

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How To Read A Hallmark: The 5-Step Process

Whilst the evolution of silver hallmarks means that sometimes you will need help identifying specific marks and date ranges, this handy 5-step guide will help you to read and understand the basics of silver hallmarking. Read on to the end of the page for a more in-depth history of British hallmarking. 

 

Step 1: Locate The Hallmarks

The first step in reading silver hallmarks is to locate the marks on your item. The location of the marks varies from item to item, but there are some general rules. For example, the hallmarks on silver flatware are usually located on the back of the piece, on a flat edge. 

If the hallmark is unclear then you can breathe on it – like you would to produce condensation on a window, and the mark should become a little clearer. 

The hallmarks here comprises (L;R) the makers mark, the lion passant, the London town mark, the London 1935 date letter, and the Jubilee mark. The Jubilee mark was used during 1934 and 1935 to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of George V. It is not a standard mark, but rather narrow the dates quite significantly to 1934 or 1935.
The hallmarks here comprises (L;R) the makers mark, the lion passant, the London town mark, the London 1935 date letter, and the Jubilee mark. The Jubilee mark was used during 1934 and 1935 to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of George V. It is not a standard mark, but rather narrow the dates quite significantly to 1934 or 1935.
The lion passant guardant
The lion passant guardant
The lion passant
The lion passant

 Step 2: The Standard Mark

The standard mark identifies your item as being silver. The mark that indicates sterling silver is called the lion passant. Two variations of this mark have been used throughout history. The first was known as the lion passant guardant, with the lion’s head facing towards the viewer. The modern lion passant, with the lion’s head facing to the left, was introduced in 1822.

You may find that your item does not bear the lion passant, but rather the figure of Britannia, indicating that the item is of 95.83% purity.

 Step 3: The Town Mark 

Now that you know that your item is silver and the purity of your item, it is time to find out where the item was assayed. 

Each assay office (where items are tested for purity and stamped as sterling if they meet the requirements) has its own distinct mark, known as the town mark. The town mark in this example is the leopard’s head mark for London. 

You can look up the most common town marks here

The London town mark
The London town mark
The Birmingham town mark
The Birmingham town mark
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1935 date lettter

Step 4: The Date Letter

A common misconception is that the date letter tells us in which year the silver item was made. In fact, it tells us when the item was assayed. Date letters were also used to identify the Touch Warden responsible for the assaying.

Reading date letters requires a pocket hallmark guide, which you can purchase here. Alternatively, online guides are available to help you.

Different assay offices use different date letters, so it is important that you identify the town mark before the date letter. 

In addition to this, the shapes of the shields and the style of the script varies from office to office and year to year, so these marks must be observed very carefully.

Step 5: The Maker’s Mark 

The maker’s mark tells us in whose factory the item was made, as opposed to the specific person that made the item. 

Since 1739 the standard composition of a maker’s mark has been the initials of the maker. Prior to this, the first two letters of the maker’s last name and sometimes objects or devices were used as maker’s marks. 

This website is a great tool for cross-referencing maker’s marks. Once you have ascertained the year of hallmarking, it is much easier to find the maker’s mark, as you have some idea of the period in which the maker was operating.

Again, make sure you are looking closely. Something as small as a slightly slanted letter can mean the difference between one mark and another. 

Some makers marks are stamped as cameos (raised above the background)
Some makers marks are stamped as cameos (raised above the background)
Some makers marks are stamped as intaglios (set into the background)
Some makers marks are stamped as intaglios (set into the background)

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HALLMARK FAQs

  • What Are Silver Hallmarks? 

Silver hallmarks are used to identify the origins of a piece of silver, as well as its purity. Silver hallmarks comprise four main elements: the town mark, the date letter, the maker’s mark, and the lion passant. During the period between 1784-1890 a duty was placed on gold and silver, leading to the introduction of the duty mark. 

  • What Do Silver Hallmarks Mean? 

The appearance of the lion passant on an item of silver guarantees that the silver is at least 92.5% pure, which is the sterling standard. From 1697 to 1720 the standard was increased to 95.83% pure, also known as Britannia silver. A new mark, the figure of Britannia, was introduced to account for this. 

  • When Did Silver Hallmarks Start? 

The first record of hallmarks used to regulate purity dates back to 1300, when Edward I decreed that the leopard’s head mark would guarantee sterling silver. Silver hallmarks have changed and evolved many times over the centuries, making some hallmarks difficult to place. However, this handy guide will help you. 

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What Affects The Value Of Your Antique Silver?

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Type Of Item

One of the main factors that affects the value of your antique silver is the type of object itself.  By its nature most silver is utilitarian, meaning that the form of the items has a distinct purpose.  Tea services, coffee pots, cutlery, candlesticks etc are all examples of items that were made for a specific purpose.  While still commercial, these types of items are seldom collected in large numbers.

Smaller, collectable items such as vesta cases and card cases can be worth much more than larger items such as tea services simply because they can be collected in larger numbers with ease.

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Designer

As with works of art, all pieces of silver are signed.  Perhaps not by the craftsman that made them, but they all carry a maker’s mark as part of the hallmark.  The maker’s mark will let you know which workshop produced the item.

Items by well know and sought after silversmiths and designers such as Paul Storr, Omar Ramsden, A.E. Jones, Charles Robert Ashbee etc will always command a premium.
 
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Condition

Clearly the condition of your antique silver will have an impact on the value.

Dents, bruises and splits are all obvious forms of damage that will impact the value.

Quite often on antique silver you may find that a coat of arms has been removed which can be hard to spot but will also have a big impact on the value.  Likewise, a canteen of silver may have had its owners initials engraved onto each piece.  This can also have a negative impact on the value in some instances.

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Age

We have been applying hallmarks to silver since the 14th century and as such they are the oldest form of consumer protection in the world.  

As silver has always been a good ‘store’ of wealth, there are many moments in history where large volumes of antique silver has been melted to fund wars.  As such very little silver remains from the pre-Restoration era (1660).  Most antique silver dates from the 18th and 19th century as this is when silver began to be made in much higher volumes.  

In many cases, the older the item, the higher the value.

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Silver or Plate

To put it bluntly, sterling silver items were made for the middle and upper classes.  Silver plate was an invention aimed at making ‘silver’ style items available to the masses.  

If you see the letters EPNS or A1 on your item then it is silver plated.  Your item will need to be hallmarked and carry very specific marks in order to be legally called silver.

As silver plate was made for the mass market many items of silver plate do not have any value.

As such you might be best hanging onto your silver plate for a while longer.

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Weight

The weight of your item will help us to understand the quality of your silver.  But how?

Silversmiths like Paul Storr produced many items to the same design, but depending on the wealth of their client they would adjust the amount of silver that they would use for the commission.

As such a tea pot may be 500g or it might be 1,300g.  Without being able to handle your items in person, providing the weight will give us a very good idea of the gauge of the silver used and thus we will be able to give you a very good idea of the value.  As ever, the more information you can provide the better.

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We have a fully insured postage service.  We send you specialist packing materials and instructions together with a pre-paid returns label so that you can ship your silver back to us quickly and safely.

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Michael C.
14:17 24 Oct 20
Very pleased with Mark's ease of transaction in disposing of some antique silver cutlery. Have no hesitation in recommending his professional... services and advice.read more
Diane F.
11:18 19 Oct 20
Selling things for the first time, you are very apprehensive, about how to go about it?? But on the Phone Mark was very reassuring, and although Mark... was called away, we saw Hannah, and she really put us at ease, explained everything, and answered all our questions! The sale went through really smoothly, and Mark kept in contact all the way! Will highly recommend them to others!!....... Russ & Di Fylesread more
David C.
16:42 06 Oct 20
Have several casks of high end whisky, I decided to sell one of my investments. An internet search revealed Mark Littler. Only person to respond to... my email. Mark sold my first cask in weeks. New exactly what he was talking about and doing . The price was at the very high end of his valuation. He did all the work, I just signed the sales document. as easy as that. Money transferred into my account, and you are talking thousands too. Much appreciated, will now sell another cask as the time is right.read more
Robert C.
15:27 06 Oct 20
Really excellent service, from the valuation to the completion of a sale. Communication was excellent through out the process. I would highly... recommend Mark to anyone.read more
Geoff F.
22:34 25 Sep 20
Mark brokered the sale of a rare bottle of Irish whiskey on my behalf. He knows the market and had placed the item with a private buyer within days... of taking the brief. Very professional service throughout. Would certainly use in the future.read more
John M.
21:42 24 Sep 20
Mark Littler 's services can only be rated as Excellent.From Start to finish even in these most difficult times was outstanding. Sale of my Whisky... bottle was completed within 10 days and the money in my Account. First class.John Maguireread more
Matthew R.
08:43 23 Sep 20
I was looking to sell my whisky collection of 28 bottles of Macallan 18 year old to fund the purchase of my first house, so I got in touch with... Mark.My father gave me 1 bottle each year for a birthday present so that by the time that I was 18 I would have 18 bottles of 18 year old Macallan. (Yes I'm that guy who was plastered over the media)Mark did a great job of getting professional photos taken of them and creating a PR buzz around the collection and I even ended up on BBC breakfast news, lad bible, and various radio stations around the world.At one point my story was the second most viewed story on BBC world wide news app for the whole weekend with over 2 million views.Needless to say within a day or two of this PR Campaign there was numerous offers.I would like to thank Mark for all his work and helping me with everything.read more
Iona T.
07:14 16 Sep 20
Mark provided us with an excellent service for the sale of a cask of Springbank Whisky. He provides a professional, friendly and responsive service,... guiding you every step of the way. My mother was delighted with the result. I recommend his end to end service. Thank-you!read more
Alan P.
11:56 26 Aug 20
The experience of dealing with Mark and his staff could not have been better. Communication was clear and the process to sell my whiskey was... straightforward. I was happy with the price offered and less than 48 hours after sending the bottle in the post the money was I my current account. I will be dealing with Mark again in the future.read more
Mike M.
08:18 15 Jul 20
Great experience from the very friendly and knowledgeable Mark who was able to help me buy a cask, and made the process seamless even during the lock... down! Five star experience.read more
Ian B.
15:45 03 Jul 20
Mark recently helped to successfully sell my cask of Macallan single malt whisky.From our initial discussion I was impressed with the depth of his... knowledge and his professional approach. Mark guided me through each step of the process, providing reasons and insights to ensure I made the correct decisions. His estimate of the value of the cask was spot on.I would have no hesitation in using his professional services again.read more
Football F.
17:26 02 Jun 20
Mark was very helpful to me and my family , he is so knowledgeable about whisky, and with his valued advice I was able to sort out my children’s... investment easily with confidence. Thank you so much Mark for all your advice and help, I would strongly recommend Mark to anyone.read more
Tom W.
10:37 19 Apr 20
Mark and Hanna were a pleasure to deal with when selling my bottle of Macallan 25 y.o. whisky. Everything was handled smoothly, expertly and with no... pressure. The courier facility offered is excellent and the sale concluded very quickly and simply. In these days of increasingly doing business on the Internet this experience was top class and I have no hesitation in using Mark's company for similar future business; Top Class!!read more
Georgina S.
12:33 14 Apr 20
Brilliant service from start to finish, highly recommend Mark! Thank you so much for making the sale so easy for me and for providing such a personal... service. Thanks again, Georgina Russellread more
Dot P.
15:26 30 Mar 20
Be patient for great returns.When I came to sell my 10yr old Hogshead of whisky Mark was able to obtain a final price for me that was more than... three times the sell back figure to Bruichladdich.Professional from the start. Once Mark had the re-guage figures all I had to do was sit back and let him do the rest. Very efficient and hassel free.A pleasure to do business with and will definetly be contacting him again when my next barrel matures.Thankyou Mark for doing all the hard work.read more
Steve P.
19:37 26 Mar 20
Just over 10 years ago I visited the Bruichladdich distillery and bought a newly filled fresh bourbon barrel. Having allowed it to mature I needed to... decide what to do with it. Bruichladdich made an unattractive offer to buy it back.I became aware of Mark Littler, from a Google search. I contacted him based on the many positive reviews. After talking to him and learning of his experience of selling casks I commissioned him to sell my cask.Dealing with Mark has been a pleasure, he has guided me through the process and I have received over 3 times the offer from Bruichladdich.I have found Mark to be realistic and helpful and I recommend his services.read more
James G.
10:36 26 Mar 20
Mark was excellent from start to finish in dealing with our whiskey cask sale. I highly recommend his services and wouldn’t hesitate to use him... again. 5 Star!read more
Genny B.
17:33 18 Mar 20
Thank you so much Mark for your knowledge, help, support and finally arranging the sale of my silver flatware. With your expertise and knowledge of... the market, you found a buyer very quickly, keeping me in the loop all the time and the transaction went through very smoothly.From our first conversation to the conclusion of the sale, everything was handled very professionally. You provided all the packaging and return addresses and all I had to do was take the box to the post office. Simple!I could not be more delighted and would not hesitate to come back to you if need be, or to recommend you and the company very highly on every level.read more
Jacky S.
16:56 09 Mar 20
Mark sold two casks of whisky for me. He got a very good price for them and kept me informed through the rather slow process (which he had warned me... about). Very pleased with the service.read more
Andrew M.
17:04 04 Mar 20
Excellent professional service, Mark kept us well informed throughout and even obtained a higher price when it came to the sale. Would have no... hesitation in using again or recommending. Thank youread more
Caroline H.
13:03 03 Feb 20
Mark offers a brilliant, easy and efficient service. I have used this twice now and both occasions have been simple and fast. I wouldn’t hesitate to... recommend.read more
John P.
00:22 30 Jan 20
I sold my Bruichladdich hogshead cask through Mark and can highly recommend his services. Immediate follow-up and a very clear outlined agreement... while Mark managed to get a good price for the cask in a fairly short time period. I’m very pleased and would not hesitate to utilize his services again in the future.read more
Dave M.
19:54 20 Jan 20
I recently sold a 25 year old cask of Scottish whisky through Mark. The market is not easy to tap into but Mark has good connections and got me an... excellent price. He made the process very simple and completed all the necessary paperwork for me. Highly recommended!read more
jean “Jay 44” G.
11:04 04 Jan 20
Thank you Mark for the professional help you provided In relation to Probate valuation, and the sale of the items. Your help and honest reliable... service, made a difficult time so much easier. I trust, and would highly recommend Mark Littler LTD.read more
Jackie L.
09:37 06 Dec 19
Mark has been extremely helpful and efficient selling a silver canteen of cutlery for me and made the whole process very easy . His professionalism... is without fault and he contacted me regularly to inform me of the progress of the sale. Thank you Mark for all your help and I would certainly use your services again .read more
Diana M.
16:12 02 Dec 19
I had a cask of 10 year old Bruichladdich to sell. Googled potential buyers. Some traders didn’t bother to reply, even though I had sent full... details.Mark was brilliant from the word go ... very professional and kept me well informed of progress. I ended up with over 50% more from him than my next best offer! Payment was very prompt.I would highly recommend Mark. Don’t waste time with the others ... they will just cause exasperation!!Thanks Mark . Pleasure doing business with you !read more
Pete A.
13:20 20 Nov 19
Mark is a true professional and I have no hesitation in recommending his services. We had a variety of items which we wished to dispose of - from a... fine Christofle canteen of cutlery, some 1980s Swiss watches, to some precious stones and even a bottle of House Of Commons Whisky signed by Margaret Thatcher. I was amazed by how easily Mark found buyers for all these items at (what I consider) excellent prices. He kept us well informed with progress throughout the valuations and sales processes. Mark is very knowledgeable in where to get the best prices for a variety of items. A five star service indeed.read more
Ro J.
14:01 11 Nov 19
Mark offers a very professional service at a very reasonable rate of commission. He is knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. His service is first... class making the whole experience stress free. Highly recommend him.read more
Carolyn A.
11:12 01 Nov 19
What an excellent communication and service was provided by Mark and his team. If only it was this easy when dealing with larger organisations. I... would recommend this company if you thinking of selling rare bottles of whiskey. I will be definitely be using their services and knowledge again.read more
Bob & Jan D.
10:07 16 Oct 19
I have to say Mark provided a first class service and achieved what I believe to be a highly competitive bid for my whisky. Delivery was... straightforward and settlement prompt. Will happily recommend.read more
David G.
14:51 14 Oct 19
Mark was helpful from start to finish during the sale process. Swift responses to my questions and delivered a smooth outcome. Would highly recommend.
Lorrie S.
16:09 24 Sep 19
At what could have been a very difficult time for our family, Mark was a superstar. He always had time for my questions and was instrumental in... helping me find new homes for our treasured possessions.read more
T J
10:25 08 Sep 19
I was looking for an honest source to sell two valuable paintings. Mark was knowledgeable, informative and helpful assisting in both collection and... successful sale at a fair price. I highly recommend his professional service. Good communications and organisation,a pleasure to deal with. Thanks Mark.read more
R S.
12:17 02 Sep 19
Excellent services and communication! We are a group of Nordic guys, completely amateurs in the whisky market, who ended up with a cask 20 years ago... when we were still quite young, without any plan about how to handle this. We were lucky to find someone like Mark, who got us a decent price and guided us through the process when we wanted to sell it. Payment and everything went smoothly overseas.read more
Francesca P.
21:57 26 Aug 19
Bravo! This was my second time working with Mark and he continues to wow me with his professionalism and commitment for satisfaction. He delivered... everything I was hoping for and then some. I would highly recommend Mark to everyone in the art game 🙂read more
neil M.
17:23 13 Aug 19
Very happy i used Mark Little to handle the sale of my bottle,sent pictures,got offer,accepted offer and a week later received payment. Dedicated... packaging supplied and postage label for small fee so completely hassle free. Only left house to go to post office.Would definitely use again and glad i came across his website.read more
Laura F.
13:53 23 Jul 19
Really pleased that I chose Mark to broker and manage the sale of my two Bruichladdich casks. He was extremely professional, very pleasant to deal... with and I was very satisfied with the price he managed to obtain for both my casks. I would have no hesitation in recommending him and his service.read more
L M.
20:04 16 Jul 19
Regarding a Scotch Whisky sale, I found no problems or concerns at any stage of the transaction with Mark Littler. Communication