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

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BRITISH SILVERSMITHS - ILLUSTRATED LISTING OF MARKS: SS - SZ
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SS mark, Goldsmiths Alliance Ltd -Samuel Smily-, London 1871
SS
Goldsmiths Alliance Ltd -Samuel Smily-,
Samuel Smily was manager of A.B. Savory & Sons silver manufactory, suceeding his father William Smily. He retired in 1880
London 1871
S.S into an oval mark, Stephen Smith, London 1871
S.S into an oval
Stephen Smith,
King Street, Covent Garden, London
entered 1865
London 1871
courtesy www.acsilver.co.uk
S.S.D over E.D into a shield  mark, Drew & Sons -Samuel Summers Drew & Ernest Drew-, London 1912
S.S.D over E.D into a shield
Drew & Sons -Samuel Summers Drew & Ernest Drew-,
London 1912
S S over Ltd into a trefoil mark, Sterling Silverware Ltd, Sheffield 1977
S S over Ltd into a trefoil
Sterling Silverware Ltd,
Arundel Street, Sheffield
Sheffield 1977 mark
SSM mark, not identified, Birmingham 1936
SSM
not identified,
Birmingham 1936 mark
S.S over W.N into a quatrefoil mark, Stephen Smith & William Nicholson, Birmingham 1860
S.S over W.N into a quatrefoil
S.S over W.N into a square
Stephen Smith & William Nicholson,
entered 1850
Duke Street, Lincolns Inn Fields, London
Birmingham 1860 mark
St into an oval indented contour mark, Thomas Stackhouse, London 1715
St into an oval indented contour
Thomas Stackhouse,
mark entered in 1715
London 1715 mark
S.T.O into a chamfered rectangle mark, Sidney Thomas Oldridge -Grey & Co- and G&C into to conjoined circles, London 1888 S.T.O into a chamfered rectangle mark, Sidney Thomas Oldridge -Grey & Co- and G&C into to conjoined circles, London 1888 S.T.O into a chamfered rectangle mark, Sidney Thomas Oldridge -Grey & Co- and G&C into to conjoined circles, London 1888
S.T.O into a chamfered rectangle
Sidney Thomas Oldridge -Grey & Co-,
mark entered in 1887
London 1888 mark
SW mark, Samuel Wood, London 1761
SW
Samuel Wood,
London 1761 hallmark
SW into a chamfered rectangle mark, Samuel Whithford II or Samuel Wheatley, London 1817
SW into a chamfered rectangle
Samuel Whithford II or Samuel Wheatley,
London 1817 mark
SW into a rectangle mark, Samuel Weir - possibly-, Edinburgh 1854
SW into a rectangle
Samuel Weir - possibly-,
Edinburgh 1854 mark
SW mark, not identified, London 1988
SW
not identified,
London 1988 hallmark
S.W.G & Co mark, S W Goode & Co , Birmingham 1924
S.W.G &Co
S W Goode & Co ,
Birmingham 1924 hallmark
SWS inside a shield  mark, Samuel Walton Smith , London 1893 SWS inside a shield  mark, Samuel Walton Smith , Birmingham 1897
SWS into a shield
Samuel Walton Smith ,
London 1893 hallmark



Birmingham 1897 hallmark
SWS over & Co into a shield mark, S W Smith & Co  , Birmingham 1942 SWS over & Co into a shield mark, S W Smith & Co  , London 1910
SWS over & Co into a shield
S W Smith & Co ,
Birmingham 1942 hallmark




London 1910 hallmark
Sy under a bird over a fleur de lys mark, Richard Syng, London 1698 Sy under a bird over a fleur de lys mark, Richard Syng, London 1698 Sy under a bird over a fleur de lys mark, Richard Syng, London 1698 Sy under a bird over a fleur de lys mark, Richard Syng, London 1698
Sy under a bird over a fleur de lys
Richard Syng,
London 1698 hallmark
courtesy www.acsilver.co.uk
S.Z. mark, Sigmund Zyto, London 1925
S.Z.
Sigmund Zyto,
London 1925 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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