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 

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

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 

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

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 01477 410893

You can also send us images via WhatsApp or SMS to 07415 145228

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.

Free Online Antique Valuation Form

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 01477 410893

You can also click to send us a text

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

Free Online Antique Valuation Form