THE DIRECTORY OF CANADA SILVERSMITHS
MARKS AND HALLMARKS OF CANADIAN SILVER

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CANADA SILVERSMITHS - ALPHABETICAL LISTING: R


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
RANVOYZE Ignace Francois
Ignace Francois Ranvoyzé, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
FR or F.R in a rectangle
Quebec City, Quebec
c. 1730s/1820s
REDFERN C.E
C.E.R
Victoria
c. 1870s/1900s
Touch mark acquired by Henry Birks & Sons
ROBINSON George G. & CO
George G. Robinson & Co, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
G.G.R &CO and English pseudo hallmarks
Montreal, Quebec
c. 1890s/1900s
Touch mark acquired by Henry Birks & Sons
ROBINSON & Co Joseph
Joseph Robinson & Co- Toronto, Ontario, Canada Joseph Robinson & Co- Toronto, Ontario, Canada Joseph Robinson & Co- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
J.R in a rectangle and pseudo English hallmarks
Toronto, Ontario
c. 1860s/1880s


RODEN BROS LTD
Roden Bros Ltd - Toronto, Ontario, Canada Roden Bros Ltd - Toronto, Ontario, Canada Roden Bros Ltd - Toronto, Ontario, Canada Roden Bros Ltd - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
R into a square STERLING and pseudo English lion passant hallmarks
Toronto, Ontario
a Canadian tableware design and manufacturing company founded June 1, 1891 in Toronto by Thomas and Frank Roden. In the 1910s the firm became known as Roden Bros. Ltd. and were later taken over by Henry Birks and Sons in 1953
ROGERS SONS & CO HENRY
H.R.S. & Co
Montreal, Quebec
c. 1900s/1910s
ROGERS SIMEON L. & GEORGE H. CO
Simeon L. & George H Rogers Co, Canada
SIMEON L. & GEORGE H ROGERS CO into a shield
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Active in Hartford, CT, from 1900. The firm was acquired by Wm. A. Rogers Ltd in 1918 and absorbed by Oneida Silversmiths in 1929. The production was located also in Canada (supposedly after 1918, when the firm was acquired by Wm A. Rogers Ltd)
ROGERS Wm A. Ltd
Wm A. ROGERS Ltd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Wm A. ROGERS Ltd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Wm A. ROGERS Ltd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: 1881 trademark
Wm A. ROGERS Ltd
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Active at 570 King Street West, Toronto. The firm was founded in the 1890s by Wm. A. Rogers a small storekeeper of New York using the "(R) ROGERS (R)" trademark from c. 1901 and the "1881 (R) ROGERS (R)" from c. 1910. The firm succeeded the Niagara Silver Co. (c. 1904) and bought Simeon L. & Geo. H. Rogers Co. in 1918. The firm was an Ontario corporation active in New York and North Hampton, MA, when was bought by Oneida in 1929
1881 (R) ROGERS (R) was a trademark used from c. 1910 by Wm. A. Rogers Ltd
Wm A. ROGERS Ltd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


ROSENTHAL Abraham
ROSENTHAL and pseudo English hallmarks, ABRAHAM ROSENTHAL, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
ROSENTHAL and pseudo English hallmarks
Toronto, Ontario
c. 1860s/1960s
ROSENTHAL A.J.
ROSENTHAL or A.J.R
Ottawa, Ontario
c. 1880s/1900s
Touch mark acquired by Henry Birks & Sons
ROSS Adam
AR in a  rectangle and pseudo English hallmarks, Ross Adam, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
AR in a rectangle and pseudo English hallmarks
Halifax, Nova Scotia
c. 1810s/1840s
ROSS J.
IR and English pseudo-hallmarks mark, J. Ross, Halifax - Nova Scotia 1818
IR in a rectangle and pseudo English hallmarks
Halifax, Nova Scotia
c. 1810s


RUSSELL Richard
Hamilton, Ontario
c. 1850s/1880s
RYRIE BIRKS
Toronto, Ontario
c. 1905/1925
RYRIE Bros
Ryrie Bros - Toronto, Ontario, Canada Ryrie Bros - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
RYRIE
Toronto, Ontario
c. 1880s/1900s
Touch mark acquired by Henry Birks & Sons
RYRIE James
RYRIE BROS.
Toronto, Ontario
c. 1850s/1930s
SARGANT S.J.
Toronto, Ontario
c. 1880s



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