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

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EB mark, Elizabeth Bainbridge, Dublin 1802
EB
Elizabeth Bainbridge,
Dublin 1802 hallmark
EB into a rectangle mark, Edward Barton, London 1831
EB into a rectangle
Edward Barton
entered 1822
London 1831 hallmark
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EB mark, Edmund Bell, Sheffield 1899
EB
Edmund Bell
Montague Street, Sheffield
Sheffield 1899 hallmark
E.B into a rectangle mark, Edmund Bennett, London 1892
E.B into a rectangle
Edmund Bennett,
entered 1892
London 1892 hallmark
E.B into an oval mark, E Baker & Son -, Chester 1909
E.B into an oval
J William Caldicott - Edward Baker & Son,
Augusta Street, Birmingham
Chester 1909 hallmark
E.B into an oval mark, E Baker & Son, Birmingham 1958
E.B into an oval
E. Baker & Son,
Birmingham 1958 hallmark
EB over & over  JB mark, Edward and John Barnard,London 1858
EB over & over JB into quatrefoil
Edward and John Barnard,
London 1858 hallmark
A predecessor silversmith of Edward Barnard & Sons Ltd, business still active in present days ... MORE....
EB over JB mark, Edward and John Barnard, Birmingham 1899
EB over JB mark, Edward and John Barnard, London 1860 EB over JB mark, Edward and John Barnard, London 1860
EB over JB into a quatrefoil
Edward and John Barnard,

Birmingham 1899 hallmark




London 1860 hallmark

A predecessor silversmith of Edward Barnard & Sons Ltd, business still active in present days ... MORE....
EBs under & over Ld into a shield  mark, Edward Barnard & Sons, London 1912 EBs under & over Ld into a shield  mark, Edward Barnard & Sons, London 1928 EBs under & over Ld into a shield  mark, Edward Barnard & Sons, London 1928
EBs under & over Ld into a shield
Edward Barnard & Sons Ltd,
London 1912 hallmark



London 1928 hallmark
A business still active in present days ... MORE....
EB over Ss into a shield mark, Edward Barnard & Sons, London 1939
EB over Ss into a shield
Edward Barnard & Sons Ltd,
London 1939 hallmark
A business still active in present days ... MORE....
E.B over W.B without frame mark, Edwin Barling & William Barling, London 1948
E.B over W.B without frame
Edwin Barling & William Barling,
The firm was established in 1812 by Benjamin Barling who entered his first mark in 1815. The style of the firm was changed in 1851 (or before) to Benjamin Barling & Sons. The firm was managed by Edwin Barling and his brother William Barling. In 1955 the firm was converted into a limited liability company as B.Barling & Sons Ltd and became a subsidiary of The Imperial Tobacco Group Ltd, trading from Liverpool
London 1948 hallmark
EC into a rectangle mark, Elizabeth Cooke, London 1778
EC into a rectangle
Elizabeth Cooke,
entered 1764
London 1778 hallmark
E.C mark, Ebenezer Coker, London 1773
E.C into a rectangle
Ebenezer Coker,
entered 1738
London 1773 hallmark
EC mark, E. Crofton, Dublin 1825
EC
E. Crofton
Dublin 1825 hallmark
EC over B into a trefoil mark, Richards & Brown -Edward Charles Brown-, London 1871
EC over B into a trefoil
Richards & Brown -Edward Charles Brown-
London 1871 hallmark
E.D into a shield mark, Ernest Drew , London 1929
E.D into a shield
Ernest Drew
London 1929 hallmark
E.D without frame mark, Edward Davis, Birmingham 1896 E.D without frame mark, Edward Davis, Birmingham 1896
E.D without frame
Edward Davis
Active in London. See the section of "TOBACCONISTS, PIPE MAKERS, PIPE MOUNTERS" marks.
Birmingham 1896 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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