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

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D.C over Co over Ld into a shield mark, Douglas Clock Co Ltd, Birmingham 1905
D.C over Co over Ld into a shield
Douglas Clock Co Ltd,
Birmingham 1905 hallmark
D.C.R mark, David Crichton Rait, Glasgow 1845
D.C.R
David Crichton Rait,
Glasgow 1845 hallmark
DD over & over M.D into a shield  mark, David Davis & Maurice Davis, London 1901
DD over & over M.D into a shield
David Davis & Maurice Davis,
London 1901 hallmark
DE over GE into a quatrefoil mark, David  Herbert Edward & George Edward  trading as Edward & Sons, Glasgow 1894 - courtesy John Yale through Gareth Soloman DE over GE into a quatrefoil mark, David  Herbert Edward & George Edward  trading as Edward & Sons, Birmingham 1917
DE over GE into a quatrefoil
(1) David Edward & George Edward trading as Edward & Sons
(2) David Herbert Edward & George Edward trading as Edward & Sons ,
Goldsmiths, silversmiths and jewellers, 92 Buchanan Street Glasgow,
(1) various marks entered in London in 1891 and 1892 and in Chester in 1901
(2) various marks entered in London in 1907 and 1909 and in Chester from 1907 to 1915
Glasgow 1894 hallmark




Birmingham 1917 hallmark
DF into a rectangle mark, Dora Fresco, London c. 1900
DF into a rectangle
Dora Fresco
London c.1900 hallmark
See the section of "TOBACCONISTS, PIPE MAKERS, PIPE MOUNTERS"
D.F into an oval mark, Josiah Williams & Co -David Landsborough Fullerton- , London 1922
D.F into an oval
Josiah Williams & Co -David Landsborough Fullerton- ,
London 1922 hallmark ... MORE....
D G C into two separate circles and a square mark, Daniel George Collins, Sheffield 1910
D G C into two separate circles and a square
Daniel George Collins ,
Sheffield 1910 hallmark
DH into a lozenge mark, Douglas Healey, Sheffield 1935
DH into a lozenge
Douglas Heeley,
Sheffield 1935 hallmark
D.H into a rectangle mark, Daniel Hockly, London 1811
D.H into a rectangle
Daniel Hockly,
entered 1810
London 1811 hallmark
D.H&S  mark, David Hollander & Son, Birmingham 1978
D.H&S
David Hollander & Son,
33 Northampton Street, Birmingham
Birmingham 1978 hallmark
DH&S  mark, David Hollander & Sons Ltd , Birmingham 1975
DH&S
David Hollander & Sons Ltd ,
Northampton Street, Birmingham
Birmingham 1975 hallmark
DH over CH in a quatrefoil mark, Daniel & Charles Houle, London 1851
DH over CH in a quatrefoil
Daniel & Charles Houle ,
London 1851 hallmark
DJB into an oval mark, David Jellicoe Baker, London 1878
DJB into an oval
David Jellicoe Baker,
entered 1878
London 1878 hallmark
DK into a rectangle mark, Daniel Ker, Edinburgh 1768
DK into a rectangle
Daniel Ker ,
Edinburgh 1768 hallmark
D.L into an oval mark, Dorothy Langlands, Newcastle c. 1805
D.L into an oval
Dorothy Langlands,
widow of John Langlands II. Active c. 1805-1814
Newcastle c. 1805 hallmark
D.L mark, Schindler & Co (David Loebl), Birmingham 1919 D.L without contour mark, Schindler & Co (David Loebl), London 1919
D.L without contour
Schindler & Co (David Loebl),
9 Aldermanbury Avenue, London
Originally it was the London Branch of Schindler & Co, Gablonz (Germany), successively taken under control by David Loeble
Birmingham 1919 hallmark

London 1919 hallmark
D.L mark, David Lawrence Silverware, Birmingham 1963
D.L
David Lawrence Silverware,
Birmingham 1963 hallmark
DL into an oval mark, Dorothy Langlands, Newcastle 1810
DL into an oval
Dorothy Langlands,
Newcastle 1810 hallmark
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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