SILVER HALLMARKS – A VIDEO GUIDE

Silver hallmarks

Do you want to learn how to read a silver hallmark?  This eight part video guide will explain everything you need to know about silver hallmarks.  The videos can be watched in sequence to get a thorough understanding of what silver hallmarks are, what to look for, and also learn about some of the less common marks such as the Britania Standard mark and Duty marks.

We would be happy to help you decipher your silver hallmarks and there is a contact form a the bottom of this page.  In order for us to help you will need to send an good crisp image of the silver hallmarks that you want us to help with.

Some of the links mentioned in these videos are listed here for your convenience:

List of silver town marks (click to follow link)
List of silver date letters (click to follow link)
List of silver maker’s marks (click to follow link)

Once you have watched the videos you can read our guide on how to put everything together and read hallmarks

silver hallmarks
This is an example of a typical silver hallmark. This video guide will help you understand what all of the marks mean.

Silver hallmarks

Do you want to learn how to read a silver hallmark?  This eight part video guide will explain everything you need to know about silver hallmarks.  The videos can be watched in sequence to get a thorough understanding of what silver hallmarks are, what to look for, and also learn about some of the less common marks such as the Britania Standard mark and Duty marks.

We would be happy to help you decipher your silver hallmarks and there is a contact form a the bottom of this page.  In order for us to help you will need to send an good crisp image of the silver hallmarks that you want us to help with.

Some of the links mentioned in these videos are listed here for your convenience:

List of silver town marks (click to follow link)
List of silver date letters (click to follow link)
List of silver maker’s marks (click to follow link)

Once you have watched the videos you can read our guide on how to put everything together and read hallmarks

Part 1 - what is a silver Hallmark

What is a hallmark?

In part one we explain what a silver hallmark is, their history and the components of a silver hallmark.

Part 1 - what is a silver Hallmark

What is a hallmark? In part one we explain what a silver hallmark is, their history and the components of a silver hallmark.

The standard mark

In this video we explain about the silver standard mark.  This is the most important mark to look for as it states that your item is made from sterling silver (925) or Britannia standard (957) silver.

Part 2 - The Standard Mark

Part 2 - The Standard Mark

The standard mark In this video we explain about the silver standard mark. This is the most important mark to look for as it states that your item is made from sterling silver (925) or Britannia standard (957) silver.

Part 3 - the maker's mark or sponsors mark

The maker’s mark

Here we explain what the silver maker’s mark looks like and the various forms of silver maker’s marks.

To research the maker’s mark on your item of silver use this website.

Part 3 - the maker's mark or sponsors mark

The maker’s mark Here we explain what the silver maker’s mark looks like and the various forms of silver maker’s marks. To research the maker’s mark on your item of silver use this website.

The date letter

The date letter will tell you when your item of silver was hallmarked.  In order to read the date letter you need to know what town your item was assayed in so watch the following video before you start looking up the date letter.

Once you know the town mark you can read the date letter with a book or this website.

Part 4 - The Date Letter

Part 4 - The Date Letter

The date letter The date letter will tell you when your item of silver was hallmarked. In order to read the date letter you need to know what town your item was assayed in so watch the following video before you start looking up the date letter. Once you know the town mark you can read the date letter with a book or this website.

Part 5 - the assay office mark or town mark

The assay office mark or town mark

The assay office mark or town mark will help you find out where your item of silver was assayed.

For a list of town marks follow this link.

Part 5 - the assay office mark or town mark

The assay office mark or town mark The assay office mark or town mark will help you find out where your item of silver was assayed. For a list of town marks follow this link.

The duty mark

Your item of silver may or may not have a duty mark on it as it was only used during certain periods.  This video explains what the duty mark is and what it means.

Part 6 - The Duty Mark

Part 6 - The Duty Mark

The duty mark Your item of silver may or may not have a duty mark on it as it was only used during certain periods. This video explains what the duty mark is and what it means.

Part 7 - the Britannia standard mark

The Britannia standard mark

Britannia standard mark implies your item is made from a standard of silver higher than that of sterling silver.  Here we explain why this was introduced and what the mark is.

Part 7 - the Britannia standard mark

The Britannia standard mark Britannia standard mark implies your item is made from a standard of silver higher than that of sterling silver. Here we explain why this was introduced and what the mark is.

Putting it all together

In this final video we give you some hints and tips about how to read your silver hallmark.

You can also read our guide here about how to read your silver hallmak and what sequence you need to look at the marks.

Part 8 - Putting it all together

Part 8 - Putting it all together

Putting it all together In this final video we give you some hints and tips about how to read your silver hallmark.

You can also read our guide here about how to read your silver hallmark and what sequence you need to look at the marks.

 

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

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