VINTAGE GERITY SILVER CANDLE SNUFFER MARKED G48 WITH CLOVER HALLMARK FREE S/H
SILVER DISH HALLMARK T.900 ANTIQUE SILVER Cambodia
Vintage Silver Thimble Size 9 By James Swann & Sons. Hallmarked Birmingham 1970
925 STERLING SILVER FRAME ALARM CLOCK-STAMP&HALLMARKS-ITALY-VALENTI & CO-NWOB
SILVER HALLMARKED `MOONMAN` BABY RATTLE MISSING HANDLE
Finland Turku 830 Silver Spoon Kultakeskus OY 28 grams Hallmarked Original Box
2008 Sheffield SOLID SILVER “CARRS” HIP FLASK AND FUNNEL hallmarked sterling
Superb English Hallmarked Sterling Silver Miniature Teddy Bear from London
Antique Heavy Silver plated platter UJEP H115 Hallmark ~ Antique Estate Find
Vintage Silver on Nickel Tray, Hallmarked Tray
Vintage Sterling Silver Repoussé Flower Picture Frame, London, 1984 Hallmark S S
Vintage Hallmarked 925 Sterling Solid Silver E-TYPE JAGUAR Model Car,1970′s JAG
UNUSUAL antique HALLMARKED SILVER SALT / CONDIMENT SPOON PRETTY CHERUB FINIAL
A NICE ANTIQUE SOLID SILVER PIG DATE MARK 1909 LONDON HALLMARK
Antique JADE Tip 935 Ornate STERLING SILVER Thimble RARE Unique HALLMARK Sew NR
Vintage Friedman Silver Co. SP Creamer and Sugar Bowl Set with Tray – Hallmarked
RUSSIAN VINTAGE SILVER NIELLO MINI CUP HALLMARK *
ANTIQUE STERLING SILVER HANDLE MANICURE FILE STAMPED .925 & HALLMARKED
Hallmarked Commenrative Flag OF INDIANA .925 Sterling Silver The Hoosier State
Hallmarked Commenrative Flag OF HAWAII.925 Sterling Silver The Aloha State
Hallmarked Commenrative Flag OF ALASKA .925 Sterling Silver The LAST FRONTIER
BEAUTIFUL PIERCED HALLMARKED SILVER BOTTLE COASTER TURNED WOOD BASE LONDON 1963
Hallmarked Commenrative Flag OF NEW YORK .925 Sterling Silver The Empire State
Gorham Silver Plated Candle Holder with – e anchor p hallmark
VINTAGE LOVELY DECORATED SILVER HALLMARKED 935 BOWL *
KEYRING & BOTTLE OPENER 925 Sterling Silver Hallmarked GIFT BOXED
Boxed set of six silver coffee spoons hallmarked Sheffield 1918
Antique 1911 English Hallmarked Sterling Silver “WHISKEY” Bottle Label
SILVER PLATED VELVET LINED TRINKET JEWELRY BOX HALLMARKED INITIALED
ANTIQUE SILVER CUP WITH HALLMARKS ON BOTTOM UNUSUAL RELIGIOUS?
sterling silver pill box with lots of hallmarks
sterling silver pill box marked denmark and hallmark party scene on front
Penguin Family Hallmarked Sterling Silver Christmas Tree Ornament New in a Case
ORNATE WITH GRAPES FOOTED ENGLISH SILVERPLATE TRAY-HALLMARK-FLOWERPT,CROWN,LION
Wonderful Sterling Silver Cocktail Fork – 4 Hallmarks
Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs with Claw Feet – 2 Hallmarks
ANTIQUE STERLING SILVER DISH American Hallmarks 139 grams
MAPPIN & WEBB STERLING SILVER DOUBLE PHOTO FRAME,BOXED,HALLMARKED SHEFFIELD 2006
UNUSUAL Solid STERLING Silver Pencil Sharpener Hallmarked and Dated 2011 *SUPER*
English Silver Wine Label ‘Brandy’. Fully Hallmarked Birmingham 1990
UNUSUAL Solid STERLING Silver Figure of Cavalier on Wood Mount Hallmarked 1973
Antique 1886 Imperial Russian Silver 84 Cigarette Case Hallmarked
Rugby Ball on Arch Top Shape Tag Hallmarked Silver Keyring, Brand New in a Case
Koala Bear & Baby Hallmarked Sterling Silver Christmas Tree Ornament New in Case
Plain Tag Style Feature Hallmarked Silver Bookmark with Tassel, Brand New Boxed
Plain Feature Hallmarked Silver Bookmark with Tassel, Brand New Boxed
Pig 3D Model Hallmarked Silver Keyring, Brand New in a Case
Vintage hallmarked silver small bowl
STERLING SILVER BABY PHOTO FRAME MADE IN ENGLAND HALLMARKED RC,?, LION, W
Plain Arched Top Tag Style Feature Hallmarked Silver Keyring, Brand New in Case
259g solid sterling silver double rose mint lord byron collectors hallmark Assay
Silver Thimble by Sterling Merchandising Company. Hallmarked Birmingham 1982
HALLMARKED SOLID SILVER PROPELLING TOOTHPICK – ENGINE TURNED – 2012
Silver Wine Label ‘Whisky’. Fully Hallmarked Birmingham 1990
Quality Antique Hallmarked 1828 Sterling Silver Fiddle Thread Butter Knife
ANTIQUE STERLING 925 SILVER ETCHED HEART PILL TRINKET BOX HALLMARKS ENGLAND
SMALL ANTIQUE STERLING SILVER DISH HALLMARKS Z, 1800′s VERY BEAUTIFUL DETAIL!
Pair of Hallmarked CARRS Silver Napkin Rings BOXED, 69.54 grams – R24
Solid Silver Old English Pattern Preserve Spoon Fully Hallmarked Sheffield 1942
Pair of Victorian Silver Sugar Tongs Fully Hallmarked Sheffield 1901
Webster Sterling Silver Lemon Fork Hallmark 1910 Metalware Flatware Slotted
SKULL HAND MADE in SOLID STERLING SILVER – HALLMARKED
VINTAGE ORNATE SILVER CANDY DISH MADE IN ENGLAND W/HALLMARK UNKOWN MAKER
STERLING SILVER CIGARETTE CASE BRITISH HALLMARKS VINTAGE #253
STERLING SILVER INGOT PENDANT BRITISH HALLMARKS #272
STERLING SILVER CIGARETTE CASE BRITISH HALLMARKS VINTAGE #321
VINTAGE SILVER HANDLED SHOEHORN—BIRMINGHAM HALLMARK 1942.
Solid Sterling Silver Lion Top Spoon Millenium Hallmarks for Sheffield 2000
Sterling Silver Continental Hallmarked Miniature Embossed Frame
SET OF 6 BUTTER OR CHEESE HALLMARKED (?) SILVER PLATE SPREADER KNIVES IN CASE
Hallmarked Silver Thimble by James Swann & Son Fully Hallmarked Birmingham 1951
Vintage Silver Thimble by James Swann & Son Fully Hallmarked Birmingham 1962
Vintage Silver Thimble London Import Hallmark For 1979
St George & The Dragon Silver Thimble Fully Hallmarked Birmingham 1989
ANTIQUE EUROPEAN late 19th CENTURY SILVER CANDLESTICK MARKED with 800 HALLMARK
Vintage Nickel Silver Tray Silver Deposit W/ Hallmark
Vtg KEYFORD English STERLING SILVER Heart Shaped FRAME w Easel Back + Hallmarks
Large Sterling Silver Napkin Clip Fully Hallmarked London 2002 by Ari D Norman
Solid Silver Sugar Sifter/Muffineer. Hallmark London 1977 With Duty Mark.
Rugby Ball on Oval Shape Tag Hallmarked Silver Keyring, Brand New in a Case
Vintage Silver Thistle Christening Spoon. Fully Hallmarked Edinburgh 1978
Vintage Used Old Sterling Silver Hallmarked CW WR Serving Utensils Baby Forks
English Silver Wine Label ‘Bourbon’. Fully Hallmarked Birmingham 1987
Penguin Family Hallmarked Silver Christmas Tree Ornament New in a Case
Vintage Mid Century Modern Silver Plate Fruit Bowl Compote Odd Hallmark Look
Antique European Condiment Spade – Parcel Gilt With Hallmarked Silver Handle
English Hallmarked Louis XVI Sterling Silver Photo Frame Easel Back Keyford Ltd.
Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet Hallmarked
LARGE ANTIQUE LATE 19TH C. HALLS REPOUSSE BASKET SILVER ON COPPER HALLMARKED
VTG STERLING SILVER 925 PLAQUE ITALY SCENE SIGNED VALENTI FRAMED HALLMARK
Antique Silver Swizzle Stick Fully Hallmarked Birmingham 1940
HALLMARKED SILVER ENGLISH MADE PEPPER GRINDER. THIS PEPPER MILL IS SOLID SILVER
Whisky & Brandy Pair of Silver Decanter Labels Fully Hallmarked Birmingham 1979
Port & Sherry Pair of Silver Decanter Labels Fully Hallmarked Birmingham 1979
W M Rogers Silver Plate Applied Grape Desgn 7″ Bowl Eagle & Star Hallmark
OLD SILVER TEA STRAINER POLAND WARSAW BRACIA BUCH 933 DOUBLE EAGLE HALLMARK 1890
LOT OF 4 HEAVY VINTAGE SILVER SHELL DISH SHEFFIELD ENGLAND HALLMARK REPRO NICE!
Old silver or silverplate box, hallmark cross keys, John Parson & Co, Sheffield
Silver hallmarked box, Kenboy, old, Lion standing on cover, 6.93 ounces
A SOLID SILVER HALLMARKED SLIDE ACTION TOOTH PICK
Hallmarked Silver Jewellery
British Hallmarking dates back 700 years and represents the earliest form of consumer protection.
The Hallmark shows that jewellery & other articles made from precious metals (Gold, silver & platinum) have been independently tested by an Assay Office. This guarantees that the article conforms to a specified legal standard of purity.
Precious metals used in jewellery and giftware manufacture are always used as an alloy. The precious metal must be mixed with other metals to give it the necessary flexibility and strength to produce a desirable and durable article.
Even the most experienced jeweller or chemist cannot tell how much precious metal there is in an alloy, just by looking at it. Due to the high price of precious metals, this offers a huge opportunity for fraud and there has therefore always been a need to protect the public, and honest suppliers, from those who are tempted to cheat them.
Therefore all items being sold as gold, silver or platinum in the UK must be hallmarked to confirm that they meet the legal standard. This cannot be done by the manufacturer or importer; goods must be submitted to one of the four UK Assay Offices, or an Assay Office belonging to the International Convention, (link to Convention Marks).
The only items which are exempt are those which are under the legal weight threshold, 1 gram for gold, 0.5 grams for platinum and 7.78 grams for silver.
When an item is received at an Assay office it goes through three processes:
SAMPLING to remove a tiny piece of the precious metal for testing
ASSAYING to determine whether the precious metal content of the alloy meets the required standard
HALLMARKING to apply the appropriate mark to the article to confirm the quality.
Silver is assayed differently from Gold. While gold is assayed by a fire refining process, silver is chemically tested by potentiometer titration.
There were originally two standards of silver – 925 parts in 1000 (Sterling) and 958 parts in 1000 (Britannia). To these have now been added 999 and 800.
Modifications to the 1973 Hallmarking Act, effective from 1st January 1999, have changed the way articles made of precious metals are hallmarked. The UK hallmark now comprises a minimum of three compulsory symbols.
Sponsor’s or maker’s mark
This indicates the maker or sponsor of the article. In Britain, this mark consists of at least two letters within a shield, and no two marks are the same.
Corazon Latino has its own unique sponsors mark. Look closely you can see a tiny CL in a 4 leafed clover shaped shield.
Metal and fineness (purity) mark
This indicates the precious metal content of the article, and that it is not less than the fineness indicated. This number is contained in a shield, the shape of which depicts the precious metal.
Assay Office mark
This indicates the particular Assay Office at which the article was tested and marked.
There are four assay offices in the UK – Edinburgh, London, Birmingham, and Sheffield and each bear a different mark. When this is applied to the object it shows that the metal has been tested and where it was tested. The hallmark will also help track the object back in history so antiques can be properly verified.
Since 1478, the hallmark has included a distinctive date letter indicating the year of hallmarking. The date mark is a Letter, lower case or Capital in a shield or box.
The final mark is the Fineness symbol. This is a traditional symbol denoting the fineness of the metal. It is a lion for silver and a crown for gold.
Subject to certain exemptions it is an offence for any person in the course of trade or business -
(a) to apply to an unhallmarked article a description indicating that it is wholly or partly made of gold, silver or platinum; or
(b) To supply or offer to supply an unhallmarked article to which such a description is applied.
It will be noted that any article can be sold whatever amount of gold, silver or platinum it contains. But it must NOT BE DESCRIBED as gold, silver or platinum unless it is hallmarked or unless it is exempt;
The authorised standards of fineness (that is the number of parts by weight of fine gold, silver or platinum in 1.000 parts by weight of alloy) are as follows:
For Gold: 916 6 (22 carat), 750 (18 carat), 585 (14 carat) and 375 (9 carat)
For Silver: 999, 958 4 (Britannia), 925 (Sterling) and 800
For Platinum: 950
If the metal in an article is of a fineness lower than the minimum standard of fineness shown above for that metal the article cannot be hallmarked.
Imported articles are also required to be hallmarked. It is the responsibility of the importer to ensure that articles are sent for hallmarking. It is illegal to sell them without a UK or approved European Hallmark. 925 is NOT enough on silver jewellery !
For any offence under this Act the penalties are, in the case of summary conviction, a fine not exceeding £2,000 or, on conviction on indictment, an unlimited fine or a term of imprisonment not exceeding two years or both, except in the case of forgery or counterfeiting in which case the term of imprisonment is one not exceeding ten years.
For more information about Hallmarking and the law, contact your local assay office.
About the Author
Catherine D’Arcy is the founder of Corazon Latino, an online retailer specializing in handmade silver jewellery. To see their exclusive range of designs, visit Corazon Latino
I need some info on silver hallmarks please?
I have some silver teaspoons, on the back it has a crown and a lion, the letters JR and what looks like a Maltese Cross and some sort of star. does anyone know what this all means.
I would be grateful if anyone could help.
See this link:
JR could be Joseph Rogers or John Round.