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

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BC over & N into a square mark, James Barber, George Cattle II & William North, York 1825
BC over &N into a square
James Barber, George Cattle II & William North
York 1825 hallmark
BD into an oval mark, Bartholomew W. Delandre -possibly-, Dublin 1776
BD into an oval
Bartholomew W. Delandre -possibly-
Dublin 1776 hallmark
courtesy www.acsilver.co.uk
BD into a rectangle mark, Benjamin Davis, London 1830
BD into a rectangle
Benjamin Davis
entered 1823
London 1830 hallmark
B.D mark, Burrage Davenport, London 1775
B.D
Burrage Davenport (possibly)
6 Foster Lane, London
London 1775 hallmark
BD mark, not identified, Sheffield 2007 BD mark, not identified, Sheffield 2007
B.D
not identified
Sheffield 2007 hallmark
BE into a rectangle mark, Benjamin Elkin, London 1823
BE into a rectangle
Benjamin Elkin
entered 1817
London 1823 hallmark
BE over SCo into a shield mark, Barker Ellis Silver Company, Birmingham 1967
BE over SCo into a shield
Barker Ellis Silver Company
Birmingham 1967 hallmark.... (...more...)
B.G into an oval mark, Bert Gordon, Birmingham 1974
B.G into an oval
Bert Gordon
Birmingham 1974 hallmark
B.G.& Co into an oval  mark, Britton, Gould & Co , Birmingham 1938
B.G.&Co into an oval
Britton, Gould & Co
Birmingham 1938 hallmark
BG over &a over C0 Ld into a quatrefoil mark, Boardman, Glossop & Co Ltd, Birmingham 1902 BG over &a over C0 Ld into a quatrefoil mark, Boardman, Glossop & Co Ltd, Birmingham 1902 BG over &a over C0 Ld into a quatrefoil mark, Boardman, Glossop & Co Ltd, Sheffield 1901
BG over & over Co Ld into a quatrefoil
Boardman, Glossop & Co Ltd
Boardman, Glossop & Co whose last partners were William P. and Frederick P. Davis was converted in 1895 in a limited liability company under the style Boardman, Glossop & Co Ltd. The firm was active at Clarence Works, Pond Street, Sheffield and in London. A new company Boardman, Glossop & Co Ltd was registered in 1908............
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Birmingham 1902 hallmark
Sheffield 1901 hallmark
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B over GH over Ld into a lozenge mark, Birmingham Guild of Handicraft, Birmingham 1904
B over GH over Ld into a lozenge
Birmingham Guild of Handicraft Ltd
Birmingham 1904 hallmark
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B.H.C & C into an oblong oval mark, not identified, Birmingham 1942 B.H.C & C into an oblong oval mark, not identified, Birmingham 1942
B.H.C & C into an oblong oval
not identified
Birmingham 1942 hallmark
B.H.J mark, Barnet Henry Joseph, London 1891 B.H.J mark, Barnet Henry Joseph, London 1891 B.H.J mark, Barnet Henry Joseph, Birmingham 1906
B.H.J into three conjoined polygons
BHJ into an oblong chamfered rectangle
Barnet Henry Joseph
B.H. Joseph & Co, 1865-1929. Incorporated into Payton, Pepper & Co Ltd in 1929. The business of manufacturing and wholesale jewellers was commenced by Barnet Henry Joseph and his brother Henry Joseph in 1865 in Birmingham. When Henry retired (1869) was succeeded by another brother Joseph Joseph.
From 1878 B.H. Joseph & Co opened showrooms in London and in 1889 was said to be one of the largest jewellery houses in the trade.
B.H. Joseph & Co took over the manufacturing jewellers D.L. Davis of Birmingham (1891), Arthur E. Cohen of Birmingham (1906) and incorporated Walter & George Myers of Birmingham (1910). B.H. Joseph & Co amalgamated in 1929 with Payton, Pepper & Sons Ltd, manufacturing jewellers of Birmingham.
B.H. Joseph & Co was noted as importer of Dutch silver made by J. v Straten & Co of Hoorn (1892) and A de Pleyt of Schoonhoven (1894).
London 1891 import hallmark
Birmingham 1906 hallmark
B.H.M mark, Berthold Hermann Muller, London 1912 import mark
B.H.M
Berthold Hermann Muller
London 1912 import hallmark
Bl  Bs mark, Bendall Brothers -Gordon, Henry & David Bendall-, Birmingham 1929
Bl Bs
Bendall Brothers -Gordon, Henry & David Bendall-
Birmingham 1929 hallmark
B.Ld mark, Bishton's Ltd, Birmingham 1945
B.Ld
Bishton's Ltd
Northampton Street, Birmingham
Birmingham 1945 hallmark
BM into a rectangle mark, Benjamin Mordecai -possibly-, London 1768
BM into a rectangle
Benjamin Mordecai -possibly-
London 1768 hallmark
BM   mark, Berthold Muller, Chester 1909
BM
Berthold Muller
Hanau silver was largely imported in UK between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Berthold Mueller was an import firm, who distributed a lot of Neresheimer silver - see John Culme: The Directory of Gold-and Silversmiths, Jewellers and Allied Traders 1838-1914, Vol.1 page, page 335. The firm changed its name 1915 to Berthold Miller and was listed as wholesale silversmiths and jewellers, antique reproduction in silver, ivories, miniatures, enamels, and so forth.
Chester 1909 hallmark
BM into a rectangle mark, Birmingham Mint, Birmingham 1978
BM into a rectangle
Birmingham Mint
Birmingham 1978 hallmark
BM & Co into a lozenge  mark, Barr, Moering & Co, London 1903
BM & Co into a lozenge
Barr, Moering & Co
First recorded in 1892 at 36 Camomile Street. Partners were William Moering and Philip Krieger. The firm acted as importing agents of German decorative silver
London 1903 hallmark
BM Co mark, Birmingham Medal Co, Birmingham 1938
BM Co
Birmingham Medal Co
Birmingham 1938 hallmark
B.M.L  mark, Boaz Moses Landeck, Chester 1907
B.M.L
Boaz Moses Landeck
Chester 1907 hallmark
BN over a fleur de lys into a heart  mark, Bowles Nash, London 1721
BN over a fleur de lys into a heart
Bowles Nash
entered 1721
London 1721 hallmark
courtesy www.acsilver.co.uk
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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