ITALIAN SILVER MARKS AND HALLMARKS
SICILY (18TH CENTURY)
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Palermo coat of arms PALERMO
18th century hallmarking system consisted of three marks:
 
" bulla " di garanzia (town mark)
An eagle (town's symbol) surmounting " RVP " (Regia Urbs Panormi)
Palermo silver mark: town mark
mark of the " Console dell'Arte " (assayer mark)
initial of name (two or three letters) and year's date (two or three digits)
Palermo silver mark: assayer mark
maker's mark
initial of name (two or three letters)  
Palermo silver mark: maker's mark



Messina  coat of arms MESSINA
18th century hallmarking system consisted of four marks (first half of 18th century) or three marks (second half of 18th century):
 
" bulla " di garanzia (town mark)
A cross into a crowned shield (town's symbol)
with M and S on the sides (Messinensis Senatus)
Messina silver mark: town mark (first half of 18th century) Messina silver mark: town mark (second half of 18th century)
(18th c., first half) mark of the "Console dell'Arte" (assayer mark) and date mark (two separate marks)
initial of name followed by "C" and a separate date mark of two or three digits
 
Messina silver mark: town mark (first half of 18th century) Messina silver mark: town mark (second half of 18th century)
(18th c., second half) mark of the "Console dell'Arte" (assayer mark) and date mark (combined)
name initials (two or three letters) and year's date (two or three digits)
 
Messina silver mark: town mark (first half of 18th century)
maker's mark
initial of name (two or three letters)
Messina silver mark: maker's mark


Catania coat of arms CATANIA
18th century hallmarking system consisted of three or four marks (in the last quarter assayer and year date were combined):
 
" bulla " di garanzia (town mark)
An Elephant (town's symbol) surmounted by letter "A" (for Agata, Patron Saint of Catania)
 
Catania silver mark: town mark Catania silver mark: town mark

OTHER TOWNS
 
Siracusa coat of arms SIRACUSA " bulla " di garanzia (town mark)
An Eagle (town's symbol) looking right (18th c., second half)
 
Siracusa silver mark: town mark
Trapani coat of arms TRAPANI " bulla " di garanzia (town mark)
A sickle surmounted by a crown over DVI (Drepanum Urbs Invictissima) (town's symbol)
 
Trapani silver mark: town mark
Acireale coat of arms ACIREALE " bulla " di garanzia (town mark)
A circle containing a castle on the right, three mounts on the left surmounted by AG (Aci Galatea) (town's symbol)
 
Acireale silver mark: town mark



 
BASIC BIBLIOGRAPHY

- I Marchi delle Argenterie e Oreficerie Siciliane, Maria Accascina, Bramante Editore 1976

- Argenti Italiani del Settecento, V.Donaver R. Dabbene, Edizioni Libreria Malavasi, 2000

- I marchi degli argentieri e orafi di Palermo, Silvano Barraja, Publieditor srl, 1996

- I marchi dell'argenteria Italiana, Ugo Donati, De Agostini, 1999,

- Ori e Argenti di Sicilia, Maria Concetta Di Natale, Electa, 1989
 
map of Sicily and its towns

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