HALLMARKS OF ENGLISH SILVER
MAKER'S MARK IDENTIFICATION - ILLUSTRATED LISTING

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GS in script into a rectangle mark, George Smith III, London 1784
GS in script into a rectangle
George Smith III,
mark entered in 1774. Note Duty Drawback mark claimed when the spoon was exported
London 1784 hallmark
 GS mark, George Smith V, London 1791
GS
George Smith V,
London 1791 hallmark
 GS mark, George Stockwell , London 1925
GS
George Stockwell for Stockwell & Co Ltd,
an importer active as foreign and general shipping agent in London, Birmingham, Manchester and other British and foreign towns.
London 1925 hallmark
 GS and English pseudo hallmarks mark, George Savage, Canada c.1830-1850  mark
GS and English pseudo hallmarks
George Savage
Canada c.1830-1850 mark
 GSG over & Co mark, Charles S. Green & Company , Birmingham 1957
GSG over & Co
Charles S. Green & Company ,
Birmingham 1957 hallmark
 GS over FB mark, George Smith III & William Fearn , London 1794
GS over WF into a square
George Smith III & William Fearn ,
entered 1786
London 1794 hallmark
 G.T mark, George Turner, Exeter 1811
G.T
George Turner,
Exeter 1811 hallmark
 G.T over T.B into a squaremark, George Turner & Thomas William Biddell, London 1820
G.T over T.B into a square
George Turner & Thomas William Biddell,
entered 1820
London 1820 hallmark
GU mark, George Unite, Birmingham 1857
GU mark, George Unite, Sheffield 1858
GU into a shield
George Unite,
Caroline Street, Birmingham
Birmingham 1857 hallmark
Sheffield 1858 hallmark
GU into a chamfered rectangle mark, George Unite, Birmingham 1916 GU into a chamfered rectangle mark, George Unite, Chester 1898
GU into a chamfered rectangle
George Unite,
Birmingham 1916 hallmark



Chester 1898 hallmark
G.U mark, George Unite, Birmingham 1859
GU mark, George Unite (possibly), Chester 1913
GU or G.U
George Unite,

Caroline Street, Birmingham
Birmingham 1859 hallmark


Chester 1913 hallmark

Business established in 1825 in Birmingham by George Unite. The firm was listed as George Unite & Sons (1865-1928) and as George Unite Sons & Lyde Ltd from 1928
 G.U.S& L mark, George Unite Sons & Lyde Ltd, Birmingham 1932
G.U.S & L
George Unite Sons & Lyde Ltd,
Birmingham 1932 hallmark
G.V&Co into a chamfered oblong rectangle mark, Gourdel Vales & Co, Birmingham 1916
G.V&Co into a chamfered oblong rectangle
Gourdel Vales & Co,
Business established in Paris in 1820 by Constant Valès (until 1865), continued as Gourdel Vales & Co (1865-1930) and Gourdel Vales & Co Ltd (until 1939). Great Marlborough Street, London
Birmingham 1916 hallmark
GvBH into an oblong rectangle mark, Geraldine von Bethmann-Hollweg, London 1996 GvBH into an oblong rectangle mark, Geraldine von Bethmann-Hollweg, London 1996
GvBH into an oblong rectangle
Geraldine von Bethmann-Hollweg,
London 1996 hallmark
 G.W into a rectangle under a crown mark, George Wickes, London 1737
G.W into a rectangle under a crown
George Wickes,
London 1737 hallmark
A business still active in present days ... MORE....
GW gothic under a crown mark, George Wickes , London 1743
GW gothic under a crown mark, George Wickes, London 1745
GW gothic under a crown
George Wickes ,
London 1743 hallmark







London 1745 hallmark

A business still active in present days ... MORE....
GW into an oval mark, George Wintle, London 1804 GW into an oval mark, George Wintle, London 1804
GW into an oval
George Wintle,
London 1804 hallmark
 GW mark, George Wintle, London 1819
GW into a rectangle
George Wintle,
London 1819 hallmark
 GW mark, Gervase Wheeler, London 1838  GW mark, Gervase Wheeler, Birmingham 1838
GW
Gervase Wheeler ,
Birmingham 1838 hallmark
GW in script mark, George Whiting , London 1859
GW in script
George Whiting ,
London 1859 hallmark
GW into a rectangle mark, George Wish, Sheffield 1892
GW into a rectangle
George Wish (possibly),
Sheffield 1892 hallmark
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G.W into a lozenge mark, Graham Watling, London 1972
G.W into a lozenge
Graham Watling,
Church Street, Lacock, Wiltshire
London 1972 hallmark
G.W.H&Co mark, G W Harvey & Co , Birmingham 1896
G.W.H&Co
G W Harvey & Co ,
Birmingham 1896 hallmark
 GWL&Co mark, G W Lewis & Co, Birmingham 1945
GWL&Co
G W Lewis & Co ,
Birmingham 1945 hallmark
Gy&Co  mark, Grey & Co, Chester 1913 Gy&Co  mark, Grey & Co, London 1901 Gy&Co  mark, Grey & Co, Birmingham 1905
Gy&Co into a chamfered oblong rectangle
Grey & Co,
The firm was founded in London by William Grey in 1876 and from 1886 to 1936 was active under the style of Grey & Co.
Grey & Co was noted for their novelties in silver and supplied retail establishments such as Asprey & Co (London) and P. Orr & Sons (Madras, Rangoon & Calcutta).
Chester 1913 hallmark
London 1901 hallmark


Birmingham 1905 hallmark
BRITISH TOWN MARKS AND DATE LETTERS
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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