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

WITH THE ADDITION OF SCOTTISH, IRISH, CHANNEL ISLANDS AND COLONIES SILVERMITHS

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



AH mark, Alexander Henderson, Edimburgh 1798
AH
Alexander Henderson,
apprentice of James Hewitt in 1785. Freeman in 1792. Died 1837.
Held as apprentices James Munro (freeman 1806), John Laurie (freeman 1821), Samuel Weir (freeman 1847), Patrick Sutherland (freeman 1839)
Edinburgh 1798 hallmark
AH in script  mark, Alexander Henderson, Edinburgh 1816
AH in script  mark, Alexander Henderson, Edinburgh 1823
AH in script
Alexander Henderson
Edinburgh 1816 hallmark
with WH mark of William Hannay (possibly)



Edinburgh 1823 hallmark
with JH mark of John Henderson



A.H into a rectangle mark, Aaron Hadfield, Sheffield 1820
A.H into a rectangle
Aaron Hadfield,
entered 1818
Pepper Alley, Sheffield
Sheffield 1820 hallmark
A.H into an oval mark, Aaron Hatfield & Sons, Sheffield 1822.
A.H into an oval
Aaron Hatfield & Sons,
Pepper Alley - Sheffield
entered April 1823
Sheffield 1822 hallmark
A.H mark, Alexander Hewat, London 1827
A.H
Alexander Hewat,
mark entered 3.11.1810
London 1827 hallmark
A.H into an oval mark, Martin Bros & Co, Sheffield c. 1850 A.H into an oval mark, Martin Bros & Co, Sheffield  1850
A.H into an oval
Martin Bros & Co,
entered May 1846
Sheffield c. 1850 hallmark


Sheffield 1850 hallmark
A.H into an oval mark, Arthur Harris, Birmingham 1911
A.H into an oval
Arthur Harris,
entered 1897
Birmingham 1911 hallmark
courtesy www.acsilver.co.uk


A.H and English pseudo-hallmarks  mark, Anselm Hardy, Quebec 1853-1854
A.H and English pseudo-hallmarks
Anselm Hardy,
a Canada silversmith
Quebec 1853-1854 mark
A over HT into a heart mark, Albert H Thompson, Sheffield 1913
A over H.T into a heart
Albert Henry Thompson
18 York Street, Sheffield
entered 1885
Sheffield 1913 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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