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

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F.M. and English pseudo-hallmarks mark, Franz F. Meyer, Halifax - Nova Scotia 1809-1847 F.M. and English pseudo-hallmarks mark, Franz F. Meyer, Halifax - Nova Scotia 1809-1847
F.M. and English pseudo-hallmarks
Franz F. Meyer,
a Canada silversmith
Halifax - Nova Scotia 1809-1847 mark
FM over & S into a square mark, Frederick Mann & Son, Dublin 1829
FM over & S into a square
Frederick Mann & Son
Dublin 1829 hallmark
courtesy www.acsilver.co.uk
F.N into a rectangle mark, Frederick Narborough, Birmingham 1916
F.N into a rectangle
Frederick Narborough,
Whip mounter at 53 Green Street, Doriton, Birmingham
Birmingham 1916 hallmark
FN into a shaped quadrangular contour mark, Francis Nelme, London 1740
FN into a shaped quadrangular contour
Francis Nelme,
entered 1739
London 1740 hallmark
FO over Co Ld into a shaped quadrangular contour mark, F Osborne & Co Ltd, London 1960 (courtesy David Gethin)
FO over Co Ld into a shaped quadrangular contour
F Osborne & Co Ltd,
a specialist in ecclesiastical silver (mark obtained from a silver chalice used at St. Barnabas Church Cannock Staffs. - courtesy David Gethin, Lay Minister)
London 1960 hallmark
F.P mark, Francis Pages, London 1737
F.P
Francis Pages,
London 1737 hallmark
FP over BG  mark, Francis Parsons (possibly)  & B G (not identified), Exeter 1807
FP over BG
Francis Parsons (possibly) & B G (not identified),
Exeter 1807 hallmark
FS into an oval mark, London 1917
FS into an oval
Francis Stebbings
mark entered in 1914
London 1917 hallmark
F.S into a rectangle mark, Francis Sommerville II, Birmingham 1814
F.S into a rectangle
Francis Sommerville II
Birmingham 1814 hallmark
F.S over J.H into a shield mark, Sibray, Hall & Co -Frederick Sibray & Job Frank Hall-, London 1889 F.S over J.H into a shield mark, Sibray, Hall & Co -Frederick Sibray & Job Frank Hall-, Sheffield 1882
F.S over J.H into a shield
Sibray, Hall & Co -Frederick Sibray & Job Frank Hall-,
London 1889 hallmark




Sheffield 1882 hallmark
courtesy www.acsilver.co.uk
Fs over Ld mark, Finningan Ltd -  Manchester, London 1903 Fs Ld mark, Finnigans Ltd -  Manchester, London 1903 Fs over Ld mark, Finningan Ltd -  Manchester, Dublin 1918
Fs. Ld.
Finnigans Ltd - Manchester,
Firm founded by Benjamin Finnigans at 16 Market Street Manchester in 1875. The firm became Ltd in 1901 and had various addresses in Manchester, Salford, London (New Bond Street) and Liverpool
London 1903 hallmark

Dublin 1918 hallmark
F.S. QUEBEC F.S  mark, Francois Sasseville, Quebec 1797-1864
F.S. QUEBEC F.S
Francois Sasseville,
a Canada silversmith
Son of Joseph Sasseville, silversmith and brother of Geo. Sasseville, silversmith. He succeeded Laurent Amiot and 1854-1856 was in partnership with Pierre Lesperance.
Quebec 1797-1864 mark
FTS into three conjoined circles mark, Francis Thomas Slade, London 1911 (courtesy Nigel Brewer)
FTS into three conjoined circles
Francis Thomas Slade
126 Clive Road, West Dulwich. Mark entered in 1911
London 1911 hallmark
F.W into a shaped rectangular contour mark, Fuller White, London 1752
F.W into a shaped rectangular contour
Fuller White
London 1752 hallmark
F.W into an oblong oval mark, Florence Warden, Birmingham 1898 F.W into an oblong oval mark, Florence Warden, Birmingham 1898
F.W into an oblong oval
Florence Warden
2 Turville Road, Handsworth, Birmingham. Mark entered in 1895
Birmingham 1898 hallmark
F.W mark, Francis Webb-Francis Webb Ltd, Birmingham 1933 F.W mark, Francis Webb-Francis Webb Ltd, Birmingham 1933
F.W into a chamfered rectangle
Francis Webb-Francis Webb Ltd
Pencil Case Works, Great Hampton Street, Birmingham
Birmingham 1933 hallmark
F.W into a lozenge mark, Frederick Wich, London 1911 (photo courtesy Matthew Cox) F.W into a lozenge mark, Frederick Wich, Birmingham 1911 (photo courtesy Matthew Cox)
F.W into a lozenge
Frederick Wich & Co,
Founded by Frederick Wich (native of Nuremberg, Germany). Became Frederick Wich & Co in the 1890s.
In 1905 the firm had its showroom and works at 79 Great Portland Street, London
London 1911 hallmark




Birmingham 1911 hallmark
The firm retailed silver made by other firms. Both marks are stamped over another silversmith's mark
FW mark, Fredrik Waldek, Cape Colony 1830 c. FW mark, Fredrik Waldek, Cape Colony 1850 c.
FW and English pseudo-hallmarks
Fredrik Waldek,
a Cape of Good Hope Colony silversmith. Born at the Cape. The son of Johannes Waldek of Immenhausen in Hesse-Kassel and Dorothea Florentina Jensen or Jansen of the Cape. He had two brothers, Jacobus Petrus (1815-1837) and Christiaan Isaac (1817-1837) who were also jewellers
Cape Colony 1830 c. hallmark
Cape Colony 1850 c. 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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