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

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BRITISH SILVERSMITHS - ILLUSTRATED LISTING OF MAKER'S AND SPONSOR'S MARKS: A&
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& AC into a quatrefoil mark, Asprey&Co Limited, London 1955
&ACo over Ltd into a quatrefoil
Asprey&Co Limited,
London 1955 hallmark....MORE....
& C co into three conjoined circles  mark, Collingwood & Co , London 1928 & C co into three conjoined circles  mark, Collingwood & Co , London 1928
& C co into three conjoined circles
Collingwood & Co,
46 Conduit Street-Bond Street, London
Founded by Joseph Kitching in 1817 became Collingwood & Son, then Collingwood & Co (1876), Collingwood Ltd (1924)
London 1928 hallmark
& over H over s into a shield mark, not identified, London 1931
& over H over s into a shield
not identified,
London 1931 hallmark


& over W.B over S into a quatrefoil  mark,William Base & Sons, Birmingham 1922
& over W.B over S into a quatrefoil
William Base & Sons,
Birmingham 1922 hallmark
& over WW into a trefoil mark, Wakely &  Wheeler, London 1912 & over WW into a trefoil mark, Wakely &  Wheeler, London 1910 chronology of Wakely & Wheeler marks
& over WW into a trefoil
Wakely & Wheeler,
A London silversmith firm whose origin go back to 1791, when John Lias began in business as a buckle-maker. In 1818 he took as his partner his son Henry Lias I and they were joined from 1823 to 1837 by another son, Charles. Henry Lias I and his son Henry Lias II were partners from 1850. In 1879 Henry Lias II formed a firm with James Wakely. In 1884 the firm consisted of James Wakely and Frank Wheeler, becoming Wakely & Wheeler in 1909. In 1957 the business was acquired by Padgett & Braham Ltd.....
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London 1912 hallmark


London 1910 hallmark


A&Co into a pentagon  mark, Asprey&Co Limited, Chester 1905
A&Co into a pentagon
Asprey&Co Limited,
Chester 1905 hallmark
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A&CoLtd  mark, Asprey&Co Limited, Birmingham 1928 A&CoLtd  mark, Asprey&Co Limited, Birmingham 1928
A&Co Ltd into a shaped rectangle
Asprey&Co Limited,
Birmingham 1928 hallmark....MORE....
A&CoLtd  mark, Asprey&Co Limited , London 1936 + King's Jubilee A&CoLtd  mark, Asprey&Co Limited , London 1910
A&CoLtd
Asprey&Co Limited
,
A business which is supposed to have been established in 1781 at Mitcham, Surrey, by Willian Asprey (died 1827). The business was continued by Francis Kennedy (1804), Kennedy & Asprey (1841-1843), Charles Asprey (1843-1872), Charles Asprey & Son (1872-1879), Charles Asprey & Sons (1879-1888), C & G.E. Asprey (1888-1900), Asprey (& Co) (1900-1909), Asprey & Co Ltd (from 1909)....MORE....
London 1936 + King Jubilee hallmark

London 1910 hallmark
A&D into a chamfered rectangle mark, Allen & Darwin -Charles James Allen & Sidney Darwin-, Sheffield 1906
A&D into a chamfered rectangle
Allen & Darwin -Charles James Allen & Sidney Darwin-,
Portland Works, 55 Arundel Street, Sheffield
Sheffield 1906 hallmark
A & G.C ,A & G Cairncross,  Edinburgh 1968
A& G.C
A & G Cairncross,
Edinburgh 1968 hallmark


A&JZ  mark, A & J Zimmerman Ltd, Birmingham 1905
A& J.Z
Arthur & John Zimmerman or A & J Zimmerman Ltd,
registered in May 1885. Had three addresses : Regent Place, Birmingham, Lozells Street, Birmingham and Hall Road, Birmingham
Birmingham 1905 hallmark
A& over  JZ into a shield mark, Arthur & John Zimmerman or A & J Zimmerman Ltd , Birmingham 1902
A& over JZ into a shield
Arthur & John Zimmerman or A & J Zimmerman Ltd ,
Birmingham 1902 hallmark
A&aLLd  mark, Adie & Lovekin Ltd, Birmingham 1904 A&aLLd  mark, Adie & Lovekin Ltd, Birmingham 1904
A&LLd
Adie & Lovekin Ltd,
Birmingham 1904 hallmark
A & N over C.S.L into a lobed contour mark, Army & Navy Cooperative Society Ltd, London 1907 A & N over C.S.L into a lobed contour mark, Army & Navy Cooperative Society Ltd, London 1907
A & N over C.S.L into a lobed contour
Army & Navy Cooperative Society Ltd
London 1907 hallmark
A&O mark, Atkin & Oxley: Henry Atkin & John Oxley, Sheffield 1840
A&O
Atkin & Oxley: Henry Atkin & John Oxley,
Eyre Street, Sheffield
Sheffield 1840 hallmark
A&S  mark, Aston & Son , Birmingham 1859 A&S  mark, Aston & Son , Birmingham 1859
A&S
Aston & Son ,
Birmingham 1859 hallmark


STERLING SILVER OF ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, IRELAND, CHANNEL ISLANDS AND COLONIES
ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF
BRITISH MAKER'S MARKS
AA
AE
AF
AZ
BA
BZ
CA
CH
CK
CZ
DA
DZ
EA
EZ
FA
FZ
GA
GZ
HA
HG
HH
HZ
IA
IG
IH
IZ
JA
JC
JD
JH
JJ
JP
JQ
JS
ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF
BRITISH MAKER'S MARKS
JT
JZ
KA
LZ
MA
MZ
NA
PA
PB
PZ
QA
RH
RK
RZ
SA
SG
SH
SZ
TA
TH
TI
TZ
UA
WB
WC
WF
WG
WL
WM
WS
WT
ZZ

BRITISH SILVERSMITHS - ILLUSTRATED LISTING OF MAKER'S AND SPONSOR'S MARKS
A& AA AB AC AD AE AF AG AH AI AJ AK AL AM AN AO AP AQ AR AS AT AU AV AW AX AY AZ
B& BA BB BC BD BE BF BG BH BI BJ BK BL BM BN BO BP BQ BR BS BT BU BV BW BX BY BZ
C& CA CB CC CD CE CF CG CH CI CJ CK CL CM CN CO CP CQ CR CS CT CU CV CW CX CY CZ
D& DA DB DC DD DE DF DG DH DI DJ DK DL DM DN DO DP DQ DR DS DT DU DV DW DX DY DZ
E& EA EB EC ED EE EF EG EH EI EJ EK EL EM EN EO EP EQ ER ES ET EU EV EW EX EY EZ
F& FA FB FC FD FE FF FG FH FI FJ FK FL FM FN FO FP FQ FR FS FT FU FV FW FX FY FZ
G& GA GB GC GD GE GF GG GH GI GJ GK GL GM GN GO GP GQ GR GS GT GU GV GW GX GY GZ
H& HA HB HC HD HE HF HG HH HI HJ HK HL HM HN HO HP HQ HR HS HT HU HV HW HX HY HZ
I& IA IB IC ID IE IF IG IH II IJ IK IL IM IN IO IP IQ IR IS IT IU IV IW IX IY IZ
J& JA JB JC JD JE JF JG JH JI JJ JK JL JM JN JO JP JQ JR JS JT JU JV JW JX JY JZ
K& KA KB KC KD KE KF KG KH KI KJ KK KL KM KN KO KP KQ KR KS KT KU KV KW KX KY KZ
ALPHABETICAL LISTING
OF SILVERSMITHS' NAMES
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

THE DIRECTORY OF SCOTLAND (PROVINCIAL) - CHANNEL ISLANDS - CANADA - AUSTRALIA - CAPE
THE DIRECTORY OF
SCOTTISH PROVINCIAL
SILVER
THE DIRECTORY OF
CHANNEL ISLANDS
SILVER
THE DIRECTORY OF
CANADA
SILVER
THE DIRECTORY OF
AUSTRALIA
SILVER
THE DIRECTORY OF
CAPE COLONY
SILVER

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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