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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: AL



A L D into an indented rectangle mark, A L Davenport Ltd , Birmingham 1938 A.L.D into an indented rectangle mark, A L Davenport Ltd (possibly), Birmingham 1914 A.L.D into an indented rectangle mark, A L Davenport Ltd (possibly), Birmingham 1914
A L D into an indented rectangle
A.L.D into an indented rectangle (possibly)
A L Davenport Ltd,
Established by James Davenport circa 1927. In 1932 he purchased T. Wilkinson & Sons Ltd. After his death the factory was managed by his son Eric Davenport. The company ceased trading in 1971
Birmingham 1938 hallmark
Birmingham 1914 hallmark
A L D into an oval mark, A L Davenport Ltd , Birmingham 1956
A L D into an oval
A L Davenport Ltd ,
Birmingham 1956 hallmark



A.L.D mark, A L Dennison: Aaron Lufkin Dennison, Birmingham 1904 A.L.D into a chamfered rectangle mark, A L Dennison: Aaron Lufkin Dennison, Birmingham 1904
A.L.D into a chamfered rectangle
A L Dennison: Aaron Lufkin Dennison,
subsequently Dennison, Wigley & Co until 1904 and than The Dennison Watch Case Co.
Aaron Lufkin Dennison, born in Freeport, Me, USA, in 1812, was the first to manufacture watches by machinery building his business on a system of interchangeable parts. Dennison built a factory at Roxbury, Mass. in 1853, later moving to Waltham, near Boston. Meanwhile he moved to England where he commenced the manufacture of watch cases with premises in Handsworth, Birmingham. The business was known as Dennison, Wigley & Co. He died in 1895 and the business was continued under the same style until 1905. Franklin Dennison cointinued the business as The Dennison Watch Case Co and in 1919 the business was converted into a limited liability company.
Birmingham 1904 hallmark
ALEXr & Sn into a rectangle mark, Alexander & Son -possibly-, Glasgow 1895 ALEXr & Sn into a rectangle mark, Alexander & Son -possibly-, Glasgow 1895 ALEXr & Sn into a rectangle mark, Alexander & Son -possibly-, Glasgow 1895
ALEXr & Sn into a rectangle
Alexander & Son -possibly-,
Glasgow 1895 hallmark


AL Ld mark, Adie & Lovekin Ltd , Chester 1913 AL Ld mark, Adie & Lovekin Ltd , Birmingham 1925
AL Ld
Adie & Lovekin Ltd,
Alfred Lovekin, Frederick Simmons and George Deeby trading as Adie & Lovekin,
Frederick Street, Birmingham
Chester 1913 hallmark


Birmingham 1925 hallmark
A ltd & Co into an indented rectangle mark, Asprey & Co Ltd, Chester 1933
A ltd & Co into an indented rectangle
Asprey & Co Ltd,
Chester 1933 hallmark....MORE....


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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