SCOTTISH SILVER MARKS

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 peculiar system of marking silver, so the marks on your Scottish silver are baffling you then use this guide to help you.

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 but with 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.

We have a guide on how to read silver hallmarks here.  If your piece was assayed in either Edinburgh or Glasgow you can follow this guide to read you 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 below).  In 1759 the thistle mark was added to signify the 925 standard of the silver. 

 

Edinburgh silver mark

Glasgow Town Mark

 

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

 

Glasgow

Scottish Provincial Silver Marks

As Scotland is such a large country it was often impractical for the silversmiths to travel all the way to Edinburgh or Glasgow to have their silver marked.

As a result the 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. 

Amazon

Abe Books

eBay 

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How to sell your Scottish Silver

 

We’re one of the only independent advisors in the antiques industry.  We can help you sell your Scottish silver for the highest possible price and at no extra cost to yourself.

If you have a collection of Scottish silver you may be considering selling at auction.  This can be one of the best ways to sell your collection but not all auctions are equal.  We can make a personal introduction to the best specialist saleroom based on your location free of charge.  You can then be assured your collection of Scottish silver will sell for the highest possible price.

We can also negotiate private sales which save you considerably in commission.  Private sales can also be completed much swifter and you will get paid a lot quicker than auction.

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 peculiar system of marking silver, so the marks on your Scottish silver are baffling you then use this guide to help you.

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 but with 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.

We have a guide on how to read silver hallmarks here.  If your piece was assayed in either Edinburgh or Glasgow you can follow this guide to read you 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 below).  In 1759 the thistle mark was added to signify the 925 standard of the silver. 

 

Edinburgh silver mark

Glasgow Town Mark

 

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

 

Glasgow

Scottish Provincial Silver Marks

As Scotland is such a large country it was often impractical for the silversmiths to travel all the way to Edinburgh or Glasgow to have their silver marked.

As a result the 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. 

Amazon

Abe Books

eBay 

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How to sell your Scottish Silver

 

We’re one of the only independent advisors in the antiques industry.  We can help you sell your Scottish silver for the highest possible price and at no extra cost to yourself.

If you have a collection of Scottish silver you may be considering selling at auction.  This can be one of the best ways to sell your collection but not all auctions are equal.  We can make a personal introduction to the best specialist saleroom based on your location free of charge.  You can then be assured your collection of Scottish silver will sell for the highest possible price.

We can also negotiate private sales which save you considerably in commission.  Private sales can also be completed much swifter and you will get paid a lot quicker than auction.

Free Scottish Silver Valuations

Free Scottish Silver Valuations

Scottish Silver Valuations

Are you looking for a valuation of your Scottish silver?  If so then we can help. 

Email details about your item to [email protected] or call us on 01260 218 718

Alternatively, use the form to send us information about your bottle and we will reply with a valuation.

Selling Your Scottish Silver

We can help you sell your Scottish silver and get the best possible price for it.  We sell both through auction and private sales, using the route which will earn you the most money.

For more information please look at our Services page.

Why use Mark Littler

  • Access to every auction house in the UK.
  • By selecting the auction house that is best suited to your items we significantly increase the final sale price.
  • Our private sales earn you on average 35% more than by selling at auction.
  • We handle everything on your behalf from valuation to sale.
  • We’re independent, so offer unbiased and impartial advice.

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Are you looking for a valuation of your Scottish silver? If so, we can help.

Email details about your item to [email protected] or call us on 01260 218 718

Alternatively, use the form to send us information about your item and we will reply with a valuation.

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