SCOTTISH SILVER MARKS

Have you ever wondered what your piece of Scottish silver is worth?

Find out more about the history of the Scottish silver and how to recognise Scottish hallmarks and get in touch using the form below for a free valuation.

How we can help you sell Scottish silver 

Scottish silver is one of our passions and we have made this guide so that you can read the marks on your piece of Scottish silver. Scotland had its own (slightly peculiar) system of marking silver, so if the marks on your Scottish silver are baffling you then hopefully you can use this guide to help you get started.

If you are deciding on how to sell your Scottish silver we can have a no obligation chat on the best options for you. We can either make a personal introduction to the best saleroom based on your location and item free of charge. Or we can look into collecting you some no obligation offers for a private sale, which could save you considerably in commission.

In a nutshell here are the main pros and cons of each option:

  • Auctions can provide an increased market exposure (when you choose the right saleroom) but their gross fees can reach as much as 50%, and the payout times can be drawn out.
  • Private sales leave you in control of the price, and can be completed quickly but there is no chance of ‘buyer’s fever’ driving up prices.

Mark Littler Ltd. are one of the only independent advisers in the antique industry. We offer trusted, independent advice to help you sell your silver for the highest possible price.

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What is Scottish Silver?

The assay office marks of Edinburgh and Glasgow

The two main assay offices in Scotland were based in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The marks that were placed on silver assayed here followed the same rules as the English assay offices except for one notable difference; instead of a Lion Passant to indicate the 925 standard they used a Thistle in Edinburgh and a Lion Rampant in Glasgow.

If your piece was assayed in either Edinburgh or Glasgow you can use this guide to read you marks. If it was assayed elsewhere then we have a guide on how to read other silver hallmarks here

Scottish Silver Marks

Edinburgh Silver Mark

The Edinburgh assay office has been marking silver since 1681. Ever since its formation the mark for Edinburgh is a three-turreted castle (pictured above). In 1759 the thistle mark was added to signify the 925 standard of the silver.

Scottish Silver Marks

Glasgow Town Mark

The Glasgow assay office has been marking silver since 1681 but closed in 1964. The mark for Glasgow is a tree with a fish and a bell hanging from it (pictured above). It closed temporarily in 1784 but opened again in 1819. 

A Guide to Reading Scottish Silver Hallmarks

As Scotland is a large country with a historically impractical transport system, it was often unfeasible for Scottish silversmiths to travel all the way to Edinburgh or Glasgow to have their silver marked.

As a result Scottish silversmiths began marking the silver themselves – often only striking the item with the maker’s mark and the town mark from where they were operating. Many Scottish silversmiths travelled from town to town looking for work so you may find the same mark at different towns.

The details of the Scottish provincial marks provided below have come from an excellent book by Richard Turner titled A Directory of Scottish Provincial Silversmiths & Their Marks. The ISBN number is 1850722935.  

I strongly urge you to buy a copy while you can as it is becoming very hard to find. Here are a few links to the common retailers but they may not have any in stock when you look. 

Scottish Provincial Silver Marks

Scottish Provincial Silver Hallmarks 
Aberdeen Silver Town Mark 1Aberdeen Silver Town Mark 1
Aberdeen Silver Town Mark 2Aberdeen Silver Town Mark 2
Aberdeen James Erskine Boar and Dagger MarkAberdeen James Erskine Boar and Dagger Mark
Aberdeen James Erskine Dagger MarkAberdeen James Erskine  Dagger Mark
Aberdeen Silver Town Mark Greek Omega or Gothic AAberdeen Silver Town Mark  Greek Omega or Gothic A
Aberdeen Silver Town Mark pre 1820Aberdeen Silver Town Mark pre 1820 1
Aberdeen Silver Town Mark pre 1820Aberdeen Silver Town Mark pre 1820
Arbroath Silver Town Mark Andrew DavidsonArbroath Silver Town Mark Andrew Davidson
Ayr Silver Town MarkAYR Silver Town Mark
Ballater Silver Town MarkBallater Silver Town Mark
Ballater Silver Town MarkBallater Silver Town Marks 1
Banff Silver Town MarkBanff Silver Town Mark 1
Banff Silver Town MarkBanff Silver Town Mark
Berwick Silver Town Mark Peter LambertBerwick Silver Town Mark Peter Lambert
Cannongate Silver Town Mark Peter InglisCannongate Silver Town Mark Peter Inglis
Cannongate Silver Town Mark W Craw & J HillCannongate Silver Town Mark W Craw & J Hill
Castle Douglas Silver Town Mark Adam Burgess Ruined CastleCastle Douglas Silver Town Mark Adam Burgess Ruined Castle
Cupar Silver Town Mark Fleur De Lis and ChickenCupar Silver Town Mark Fleur De Lis and Chicken
Cupar Silver Town Mark Robert RobertsonCupar Silver Town Mark Robert Robertson
Dingwall Silver Town Mark Alexander RossDingwall Silver Town Mark Alexander Ross
Dumfries Silver Town MarkDumfries Silver Town Mark
Dunfries Silver Town Mark Anchor - PearsonDunfires Silver Town Mark Anchor - Pearson
Dundee Silver Town Mark Dundee Silver Town Mark
Dundee Silver Town Mark Dundee Silver Town Mark 1
Dundee Silver Town Mark Dunee Silver Town Mark 2
Elgin Silver Town MarkElgin Silver Town Mark 1
Elgin Silver Town MarkElgin Silver Town Mark
Elgin Silver Town MarkElgin Silver Town Mark 2
Fochabers Silver Town Mark James MorrisonFochabers Silver Town Mark James Morrison
Fochabers Silver Town MarkFochabers Silver Town Mark
Forres Silver Town Mark James Pat RiachForres Silver Town Mark  James Pat Riach
Forres Silver Town Mark James and Pat RiachForres Silver Town Mark James and Pat Riach
Forres Silver Town Mark Robert StuartForres Silver Town Mark Robert Stuart
Glasgow Silver Town MarkGlasgow Silver Town Mark
Greenock Silver Town MarkGreenock Silver Town Mark
Inverness Silver Town MarkInverness Silver Town Mark 1
Inverness Silver Town MarkInverness Silver Town Mark
Iona Silver Town MarkIona Silver Town Mark
Kilmarnock Silver Town MarkKilmarnock Silver Town Mark
Leith Silver Town Mark John HayLeith Silver Town Mark John Hay
Montrose Silver Town MarkMontrose Silver Town Mark
Montrose c1860 James SturrockMontrose c1860 James Sturrock
Montrose c1860, James SturrockMontrose c1860, James Sturrock
Oban Silver Town MarkOban Silver Town Mark
Paisley Silver Town MarkPaisley Silver Town Mark
Perth Silver Town MarkPerth Silver Town Mark
Peterhead Silver Town MarkPeterhead Silver Town Mark
Stonehaven Silver Town Mark Alexander GlennySonehaven Silver Town Mark  Alexander Glenny
Stonehaven Silver Town MarkSonehaven Silver Town Mark
Tain Early Silver Town MarkTain Early Silver Town Mark
Tain Silver Town MarkTain Silver Town Mark
Tain Silver Town Mark Alexander StewartTain Silver Town Mark Alexander Stewart
WickWick Silver Town Mark

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Sell your Scottish silver with Mark Littler Ltd.

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Send us details about your silver directly via email or use the form below.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (2)

We contact our international network of customers for the best offers.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (3)

If you decide to proceed with an offer we issue you with a contract.

Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.

Send us your Scottish silver. We have a fully insured courier service available.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (1)

We complete the sale with the buyer and send your funds via BACS.

Have you ever wondered what your piece of Scottish silver is worth?

Find out more about the history of the Scottish silver and how to recognise Scottish hallmarks and get in touch using the form below for a free valuation.

An Introduction to Scottish Silver Marks

Scottish silver is one of our passions and we have made this guide so that you can read the marks on your piece of Scottish silver. Scotland had its own (slightly peculiar) system of marking silver, so if the marks on your Scottish silver are baffling you then hopefully you can use this guide to help you get started.

If you are deciding on how to sell your Scottish silver we can have a no obligation chat on the best options for you. We can either make a personal introduction to the best saleroom based on your location and item free of charge. Or we can look into collecting you some no obligation offers for a private sale, which could save you considerably in commission.

In a nutshell here are the main pros and cons of each option:

  • Auctions can provide an increased market exposure (when you choose the right saleroom) but their gross fees can reach as much as 50%, and the payout times can be drawn out.
  • Private sales leave you in control of the price, and can be completed quickly but there is no chance of ‘buyer’s fever’ driving up prices.

Mark Littler Ltd. are one of the only independent advisers in the antique industry. We offer trusted, independent advice to help you sell your silver for the highest possible price.

Free Valuations on Your
Scottish Silver

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What is Scottish Silver?

What is Scottish Provincial Silver?

The assay office marks of Edinburgh and Glasgow

The two main assay offices in Scotland were based in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The marks that were placed on silver assayed here followed the same rules as the English assay offices except for one notable difference; instead of a Lion Passant to indicate the 925 standard they used a Thistle in Edinburgh and a Lion Rampant in Glasgow.

If your piece was assayed in either Edinburgh or Glasgow you can use this guide to read you marks. If it was assayed elsewhere then we have a guide on how to read other silver hallmarks here

Scottish Silver Marks

Edinburgh Silver Mark

The Edinburgh assay office has been marking silver since 1681. Ever since its formation the mark for Edinburgh is a three-turreted castle (pictured above). In 1759 the thistle mark was added to signify the 925 standard of the silver.

Scottish Silver Marks

Glasgow Town Mark

The Glasgow assay office has been marking silver since 1681 but closed in 1964. The mark for Glasgow is a tree with a fish and a bell hanging from it (pictured above). It closed temporarily in 1784 but opened again in 1819. 

A Guide to Reading Scottish Silver Hallmarks

As Scotland is a large country with a historically impractical transport system, it was often unfeasible for Scottish silversmiths to travel all the way to Edinburgh or Glasgow to have their silver marked.

As a result Scottish silversmiths began marking the silver themselves – often only striking the item with the maker’s mark and the town mark from where they were operating. Many Scottish silversmiths travelled from town to town looking for work so you may find the same mark at different towns.

The details of the Scottish provincial marks provided below have come from an excellent book by Richard Turner titled A Directory of Scottish Provincial Silversmiths & Their Marks. The ISBN number is 1850722935.  

I strongly urge you to buy a copy while you can as it is becoming very hard to find. Here are a few links to the common retailers but they may not have any in stock when you look. 

Scottish Provincial Silver Marks

Scottish Provincial Silver Hallmarks 
Aberdeen Silver Town Mark 1Aberdeen Silver Town Mark 1
Aberdeen Silver Town Mark 2Aberdeen Silver Town Mark 2
Aberdeen James Erskine Boar and Dagger MarkAberdeen James Erskine Boar and Dagger Mark
Aberdeen James Erskine Dagger MarkAberdeen James Erskine  Dagger Mark
Aberdeen Silver Town Mark Greek Omega or Gothic AAberdeen Silver Town Mark  Greek Omega or Gothic A
Aberdeen Silver Town Mark pre 1820Aberdeen Silver Town Mark pre 1820 1
Aberdeen Silver Town Mark pre 1820Aberdeen Silver Town Mark pre 1820
Arbroath Silver Town Mark Andrew DavidsonArbroath Silver Town Mark Andrew Davidson
Ayr Silver Town MarkAYR Silver Town Mark
Ballater Silver Town MarkBallater Silver Town Mark
Ballater Silver Town MarkBallater Silver Town Marks 1
Banff Silver Town MarkBanff Silver Town Mark 1
Banff Silver Town MarkBanff Silver Town Mark
Berwick Silver Town Mark Peter LambertBerwick Silver Town Mark Peter Lambert
Cannongate Silver Town Mark Peter InglisCannongate Silver Town Mark Peter Inglis
Cannongate Silver Town Mark W Craw & J HillCannongate Silver Town Mark W Craw & J Hill
Castle Douglas Silver Town Mark Adam Burgess Ruined CastleCastle Douglas Silver Town Mark Adam Burgess Ruined Castle
Cupar Silver Town Mark Fleur De Lis and ChickenCupar Silver Town Mark Fleur De Lis and Chicken
Cupar Silver Town Mark Robert RobertsonCupar Silver Town Mark Robert Robertson
Dingwall Silver Town Mark Alexander RossDingwall Silver Town Mark Alexander Ross
Dumfries Silver Town MarkDumfries Silver Town Mark
Dunfries Silver Town Mark Anchor - PearsonDunfires Silver Town Mark Anchor - Pearson
Dundee Silver Town Mark Dundee Silver Town Mark
Dundee Silver Town Mark Dundee Silver Town Mark 1
Dundee Silver Town Mark Dunee Silver Town Mark 2
Elgin Silver Town MarkElgin Silver Town Mark 1
Elgin Silver Town MarkElgin Silver Town Mark
Elgin Silver Town MarkElgin Silver Town Mark 2
Fochabers Silver Town Mark James MorrisonFochabers Silver Town Mark James Morrison
Fochabers Silver Town MarkFochabers Silver Town Mark
Forres Silver Town Mark James Pat RiachForres Silver Town Mark  James Pat Riach
Forres Silver Town Mark James and Pat RiachForres Silver Town Mark James and Pat Riach
Forres Silver Town Mark Robert StuartForres Silver Town Mark Robert Stuart
Glasgow Silver Town MarkGlasgow Silver Town Mark
Greenock Silver Town MarkGreenock Silver Town Mark
Inverness Silver Town MarkInverness Silver Town Mark 1
Inverness Silver Town MarkInverness Silver Town Mark
Iona Silver Town MarkIona Silver Town Mark
Kilmarnock Silver Town MarkKilmarnock Silver Town Mark
Leith Silver Town Mark John HayLeith Silver Town Mark John Hay
Montrose Silver Town MarkMontrose Silver Town Mark
Montrose c1860 James SturrockMontrose c1860 James Sturrock
Montrose c1860, James SturrockMontrose c1860, James Sturrock
Oban Silver Town MarkOban Silver Town Mark
Paisley Silver Town MarkPaisley Silver Town Mark
Perth Silver Town MarkPerth Silver Town Mark
Peterhead Silver Town MarkPeterhead Silver Town Mark
Stonehaven Silver Town Mark Alexander GlennySonehaven Silver Town Mark  Alexander Glenny
Stonehaven Silver Town MarkSonehaven Silver Town Mark
Tain Early Silver Town MarkTain Early Silver Town Mark
Tain Silver Town MarkTain Silver Town Mark
Tain Silver Town Mark Alexander StewartTain Silver Town Mark Alexander Stewart
WickWick Silver Town Mark

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Sell your Scottish silver with Mark Littler Ltd.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (4)

Send us details about your silver directly via email or use the form below.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (2)

We contact our international network of customers for the best offers.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (3)

If you decide to proceed with an offer we issue you with a contract.

Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.

Send us your Scottish silver. We have a fully insured courier service available.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (1)

We complete the sale with the buyer and send your funds via BACS.