HALLMARKS OF ENGLISH SILVER
MAKER'S MARK IDENTIFICATION

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I R into two squares mark, John Rose, Birmingham 1929
J R into two squares
John Rose,
Birmingham 1929 hallmark
J.R into an oval mark, John Round & Son Ltd, Sheffield 1905
J.R into an oval
John Round & Son Ltd,
Sheffield 1905 hallmark
JR star and cross mark, Joseph Rodgers & Sons, Sheffield 1913
JR star and cross
Joseph Rodgers & Sons ,
Sheffield 1913 hallmark
JR over SJ mark,Judah Rosenthal and Samuel Jacobs & Co, London 1865
JR over SJ
Judah Rosenthal and Samuel Jacobs & Co,
London 1865 hallmark
JS mark, Joseph Sanders, London 1735
JS
Joseph Sanders,
London 1735 hallmark
JS over & S mark, John Sanderson & Son Ltd, Sheffield 1965
JS over &S
John Sanderson & Son Ltd,
Sheffield 1965 hallmark
JW mark, J. Wilmot, Birmingham 1902
JW into two circles
J. Wilmot
Birmingham 1902 hallmark
J star W in script mark, James Williams, London 1755
J star W in script
James Williams
London 1755 hallmark
J.W.T into three circles mark, J W Tiptaft & Son Ltd, Birmingham 1934
J.W.T into three circles
J W Tiptaft & Son Ltd
Birmingham 1934 hallmark + coronation mark
J over ?A over LTD into a four lobed shape mark, Jay, Richard Attenborough & co, Chester 1934
J over ?A over LTD into a four lobed shape,
Jay, Richard Attenborough & co,
Chester 1934 hallmark
L&Co into three lozenges mark, Liberty & Co, Birmingham 1901
L&Co into three lozenges
Liberty & Co,
Birmingham 1901 hallmark
L&S mark, Levi and Salaman, Birmingham 1903
L&S
Levi & Salaman -Phineas Harris Levi & Joseph Wolfe Salaman-,
Birmingham 1904 hallmark
LAW and TT (double mark),  William Law and Thomas Tudor (probably), Dublin 1810
LAW and TT (double mark)
William Law and Thomas Tudor (probably),
Dublin 1810 hallmark
M&A mark, Muirhead & Arthur, Glasgow 1876
M&A
Muirhead & Arthur,
Glasgow 1876 hallmark
M&W mark, Mappin & Webb, London 1904 M&W mark, Mappin & Webb, Sheffield 1946 M&W mark, Mappin & Webb
M&W
Mappin & Webb,
London 1904 and Sheffield 1946 hallmarks



Sheffield 1953 hallmark
(note Queen Elizabeth II Coronation mark)
MB mark, Moses Brent, London 1799 MB mark, Moses Brent, London 1799
MB
Moses Brent,
London 1799 hallmark
MB mark, Matthew Boulton, London 1791 MB mark, Matthew Boulton, London 1824
MB
Matthew Boulton,
London 1791 hallmark


Matthew Boulton,
London 1824 hallmark
MC mark, Mary Chawner, London 1838
MC
Mary Chawner,
London 1838 hallmark
MC&Co mark, Mackay, Chisholm & Company, Edinburgh 1878
MC&Co
Mackay, Chisholm & Company,
Edinburgh 1878 hallmark
MH over & Co into a shield mark, Martin Hall &a Co Ltd, Sheffield 1886 MH over & Co into a shield mark, Martin Hall &a Co Ltd, Birmingham 1916
MH over & Co into a shield
Martin Hall & Co Ltd,
Sheffield 1886 hallmark


Birmingham 1916 hallmark
N.M mark, Nathaniel Mills, Birmingham 1857
N.M
Nathaniel Mills,
Birmingham 1857 hallmark
N&W mark, Norton & White, Birmingham 1903
N&W
Norton & White,
Birmingham 1903 hallmark
OM mark, Oomersi Mawji, Bhuy, Calcutta c. 1890 OM mark, Oomersi Mawji, Bhuy, Calcutta c. 1890
OM
Oomersi Mawji, Bhuy
Calcutta c. 1890 hallmark
OR mark, Omar Ramsden, London 1922
OR
Omar Ramsden,
London 1922 hallmark
PB over AB over WB mark,  Peter Anne and William Bateman, London 1802
PB over AB over WB
Peter Anne and William Bateman,
London 1802 hallmark
PB over WB mark,  Peter and William Bateman, London 1806
PB over WB
Peter and William Bateman,
London 1806 hallmark
PL & Co mark, London 1904
PL &Co
London 1904 hallmark
PS mark, Paul Storr, London 1797
PS
Paul Storr,
London 1797 hallmark
PW mark, Peter Walsh or Philip Weekes, Dublin 1833
PW
Peter Walsh or Philip Weekes,
Dublin 1833 hallmark
R&B mark, Roberts and Belk, Sheffield 1921
R&B
Roberts and Belk,
Sheffield 1921 hallmark
R.A under a crownmark, Robert Abercrombie, London 1738
R.A under a crown
Robert Abercrombie,
London 1738 hallmark
RC over a dot into a shield mark, Richard Comyns, London 1926
RC over a dot into a shield
Richard Comyns,
London 1926 hallmark
RC mark, Richard Crossley, London 1812
RC
Richard Crossley,
London 1812 hallmark
The hallmarking of British silver is based on a combination of marks that makes possible the identification of the origin and the age of each silver piece manufactured or traded in the UK. The marks are:

Town mark, corresponding to the mark of the Assay Office that has verified the piece
London town mark Sheffield town mark Birmingham town mark Newcastle town mark Dublin town mark Edinburgh town mark Glasgow town mark

Lion passant guardant or Britannia or lion's head erased, certifiying the silver quality
lion passant: 1598-1820 lion passant: after 1820 Britannia and lion's head erased: from 1697 to 1718
Maker's mark, identifying the silversmith presenting the piece to the assay office (usually the initials of Christian name and surname of the silversmith)

Date letter, in cycles of twenty letters of the alphabet of different shape identifies the year in which the piece was verified by the Assay Office
London date letter 'a'
A further mark was used in the period 1784 - 1890:
Sovereign head ('duty mark'), certifying the payment of the duty
Sovereign head: duty mark from 1784 to 1890
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