THE DIRECTORY OF CANADA SILVERSMITHS
MARKS AND HALLMARKS OF CANADIAN SILVER

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There was no official regulation of the purity of the metal used in the industry in Canada until the early 20th century.
After 1760 Montreal gradually took over as the center of silversmithing in Canada although there were also a number of silversmiths in Ontario and the Atlantic provinces. English styles became the norm and silversmiths began to use English-style maker's marks with their initials in a rectangular outline. These marks were occasionally accompanied by "Montreal", "Quebec" or "H", "HN" or "HNS" for Halifax.
Benjamin Etter, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada F.S. QUEBEC F.S  mark, Francois Sasseville, Quebec 1797-1864
By the early 19th century it was common to include pseudo marks that resembled British hallmarks, like sovereign's heads, lions, crowns.
F.M. and English pseudo-hallmarks mark, Franz F. Meyer, Halifax - Nova Scotia 1809-1847 IM  NB and English pseudo hallmarks mark, John Munro, New Glasgow - New Brunswick 1813-1864
The current Canadian hallmarking system is based on the Precious Metals Marking Act of 1985. Jewellery makers, importers and retailers are responsible for having the correct hallmarks on items. Hallmarks must be registered by the Register of Trademarks, Industry Canada in which abbreviations and inscriptions for jewellery items in either English or French are permitted.
For silver items, "sterling" (92.5% silver and 7.5% other alloys ) is considered the standard measurement for purity under federal regulations. Authentic sterling silver items are stamped with "STERLING", "STER", or "925". Hallmarks that follow the traditional British certifying system or has applied by the government of any foreign country under the laws of that country may also be placed on the item.
Where an article that is wholly manufactured in Canada is composed of a precious metal of a quality prescribed in the regulations and has an authorized quality mark applied to it, there may be applied to the article a national mark consisting of:
- a lion's head inside a letter "C"( (1934-1978)
- a maple head inside a letter "C" (after 1978)
Canada National mark 1934-1978 Canada National mark after 1978

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SILVERSMITH'S NAME
MARK - TOWN - DATE
JACKSON Henry
Henry Jackson, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
H.J in a rectangle and pseudo English hallmarks
H.J.TORONTO in a rectangle
Toronto, Ontario
c. 1830s/1870s
JACOBY BROS Ltd
Jacoby Bros Ltd - Vancouver B.C., Canada
aladdin lamp
Vancouver BC
c. 1909/1985
A family business founded in 1909 by four brothers and two sisters. Alfred (Dick) Jacobi managed the firm and Martin Jacoby served as engraver and die maker. Jacobi Bros produced souvenir spoons and 9K gold "coins" for use in making jewelry. Martin left the company in 1926 and Dirk turned the business to his two sons in the 1940s. The firm went bankrupt in 1985
JEANNERET J.
London, Ontario
c. 1850s


JOHNSON A.C. & BROS
A.C.J. & B.
Kinston and Montreal, Ontario
c. 1890s/1910s
Touch mark acquired by Henry Birks & Sons
JOHNSON Thomas Charles
TCJ&S STERLING
TCJOHNSON&SONS
TCJ and H in two rectangles
Halifax, Nova Scotia
c. 1850s/1920s
JONES J.H. & CO
J.H.J. & Co
Kinston and Montreal, Quebec
c. 1880s/1890s
Touch mark acquired by Henry Birks & Sons
JOSEPH Joda G.
Jodah G. Joseph, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
J.GJ in a rectangle and pseudo English hallmarks
H.J.TORONTO in a rectangle
Toronto, Ontario
1846-1857
JOSEPH & Co J.G.
J.G. Joseph & Co, Toronto, Ontario, Canada J.G. Joseph & Co, Toronto, Ontario, Canada J.G. Joseph & Co, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
J.G.J & CO in a rectangle
JGJ & CO in a rectangle, beaver and pseudo English hallmarks
Toronto, Ontario
c. 1850s/1870s
Successors of Jodah G. Joseph. Touch mark acquired by Henry Birks & Sons
JUDGE Michael
Guelph, Ontario
c. 1850



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