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: B&
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B & C into three octagons mark, Brookes & Crookes - John Brookes & Thomas Crookes, Sheffield 1907 (possibly) B & C into three octagons mark, Brookes & Crookes - John Brookes & Thomas Crookes, Sheffield 1907 (possibly)
B & C into three octagons
Brookes & Crookes - John Brookes & Thomas Crookes
Atlantic Works, St Philip's Road, Sheffield
Sheffield 1907 (possibly) hallmark
B & Co into a rectangle mark, Bewlay & Co Ltd, London 1913 B & Co into a rectangle mark, Bewlay & Co Ltd, London 1913
B & Co into a rectangle
Bewlay & Co Ltd,
The firm was founded in 1797. Eight similar marks entered from 1903 to 1910. Most of them were entered by Baron Elkan, Managing Director. The firm became a subsidiary of Finlay & Co Ltd (tobacconists, confectioners, etc.)
London 1913 hallmark
See the section of "TOBACCONISTS, PIPE MAKERS, PIPE MOUNTERS"
B & Co mark, Broadway and Co, Birmingham 1984 B & Co mark, Broadway and Co, Birmingham 1968 B & Co mark, Broadway and Co, Birmingham 1969 B & Co mark, Broadway and Co, Birmingham 1957
B & Co into an oval
Broadway and Co,
Founded in 1900 by William Benjamin Broadway, a highly skilled die - sinker. Still active at Shady Lane, Kingstanding, Birmingham
Birmingham 1984 hallmark


Birmingham 1968 hallmark



Birmingham 1969 hallmark



Birmingham 1957 hallmark



B&D into two conjoined octagons mark, Boodle & Dunthorne, London 1862 B&D into two conjoined octagons mark, Boodle & Dunthorne, Birmingham 1979
B&D into two conjoined octagons
Boodle & Dunthorne,
London 1962 hallmark



Birmingham 1979 hallmark
B&F into a rectangle mark, Bishton & Fletcher, Birmingham 1897
B&F into a rectangle
Bishton & Fletcher,
7 Northampton Street and Albion Street, Birmingham
Birmingham 1897 hallmark
B & G mark, Birch & Gaydon, London 1938
B & G
Birch & Gaydon,
London 1938 hallmark
B&H into two conjoined circles mark, not identified , London 1977
B&H into two conjoined circles
not identified ,
London 1977


B&S into an indented rectangle mark, Brook & Son,Sheffield 1916 B&S into an indented rectangle mark, Brook & Son, Edinburgh 1924
B&S into an indented rectangle
Brook & Son,
Sheffield 1916 hallmark




Edinburg 1924 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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