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MAKER'S MARK IDENTIFICATION - ILLUSTRATED LISTING

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BRITISH SILVERSMITHS - ILLUSTRATED LISTING OF MAKER'S AND SPONSOR'S MARKS: AB



AB into rectangle mark, Abraham Brownett, London 1864
AB into rectangle
Abraham Brownett,
entered 1863
London 1864 hallmark
AB into an oval mark, A. Beardshaw & Co , Sheffield 1912
AB into an oval
A. Beardshaw & Co,
Sheffield 1912 hallmark
AB into a trapezium mark, Amanda Birkett, London 2005
AB into a trapezium
Amanda Birkett,
born 1957
London 2005 hallmark



A.B& C.o  mark, not identified, Birmingham 1905
A.B& C.o
A Bromet & Co,
Jewin Street, London
Birmingham 1905 hallmark
AB&Co  mark, Albert Baker & Co Ltd, Birmingham 1909
AB&Co
Albert Baker & Co (1898) Ltd,
Listed in 1901 as tobacco manufacturers at 65 Holloway Road, London. Out of business in 1939
Birmingham 1909 hallmark
AB&s into a shield mark, Andrew Barrett & Sons, Birmingham 1892 AB&s into a shield mark, Andrew Barrett & Sons, Chester 1919
AB&S into a shield
Andrew Barrett & Sons,
Piccadilly, London
Birmingham 1892 hallmark


Chester 1919 hallmark
AB&ss into a shield mark, Andrew Barrett & Sons, Birmingham 1911
AB&ss into a shield
Andrew Barrett & Sons,
Birmingham 1911 hallmark



A B D into three conjoined circles mark, not identified, London 1936
A B D into three conjoined circles
not identified,
London 1936 hallmark
A.B over G.B   mark, Alice and George Burrows, London 1808
A.B over G.B
Alice and George Burrows,
London 1808 hallmark


A.BROS Ld  mark, Atkinson Brothers Ltd , Sheffield 1899
A.BROS Ld
Atkinson Brothers Ltd ,
Sheffield 1899 hallmark
A BROS LTD mark, Adie Brothers Ltd , Birmingham 1960 A BROS LTD mark, Adie Brothers Ltd , Birmingham 1952 A BROS LTD mark, Adie Brothers Ltd, Birmingham 1957
A BROS LTD
Adie Brothers Ltd
,
The firm was incorporated in 1906 joining the firms of McKewan & Adie (manufacturing jewellers, gold and silversmiths) and E.S. Barnsley & Co (box and packing case makers). The firm was controlled by Percy Adie until WWII and afterwards by Tony Adie and Frank Taylor. In the 1960s the firm became part of British Silverware and closed in 1968
Birmingham 1960 hallmark

Birmingham 1952 hallmark + Coronation mark

Birmingham 1957 hallmark
AB.S into a rectangle mark, Adey Bellamy Savory, London 1830
AB.S into a rectangle
Adey Bellamy Savory
,
mark entered in 1826
London 1830 hallmark
A Bs into two separate squares mark, Ahronsberg Brothers, Birmingham 1893
A Bs into two separate squares
Ahronsberg Brothers ,
Birmingham 1893 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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