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

WITH THE ADDITION OF SCOTTISH, IRISH, CHANNEL ISLANDS AND COLONIES SILVERMITHS

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BRITISH SILVERSMITHS - ILLUSTRATED LISTING OF MAKER'S AND SPONSOR'S MARKS: HB
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H.B into a rectangle mark, Henry Bourne, Birmingham 1888 H.B into a rectangle mark, Henry Bourne, Birmingham 1900
H.B into a rectangle
Henry Bourne
Ludgate Hill, Birmingham
Birmingham 1888 hallmark


Birmingham 1900 hallmark
possibly a mark used Henry Hutton Bourne (son of Henry)
HB in script into an oblong chamfered rectangle mark, Henry Bailey (possibly), London 1757 - courtesy Johnboys Antique Emporium
HB in script into an oblong chamfered rectangle
Henry Bailey -possibly-
London 1757 hallmark



HB in script mark, Hester Bateman, London 1786 HB in script mark, Hester Bateman, London 1782 HB in script mark, Hester Bateman, London 1789
HB in script
Hester Bateman
London 1786 hallmark




London 1782 hallmark





London 1789 hallmark

BATEMAN FAMILY - HISTORY AND MARKS


HB into a lozenge mark, Harrison Brothers - possibly -,Sheffield 1976 HB into a lozenge mark, Harrison Brothers - possibly -,Sheffield 1976
HB into a lozenge
Harrison Brothers - possibly -
Sheffield 1976 hallmark
HB&S into an indented  rectangle mark, Herbert Bushell & Son Ltd, Birmingham 1925
HB&S into an indented rectangle
Herbert Bushell & Son Ltd
Northampton Street, Birmingham
Birmingham 1925 hallmark
HB over GB incuse without contour mark, Horatio and George Elliot Bartlett, London 1832
HB over GB incuse without contour
Horatio and George Elliot Bartlett,
entered 1826
27 Greenhill Rents, Smithfields Bars
London 1832 hallmark
H.B.J&Co without contour mark, H B Johnson & Co, Birmingham 1910
H.B.J&Co without contour
H B Johnson & Co,
Birmingham 1910 hallmark
HBRos without contour mark, not identified, Birmingham 1887
HBRos without contour
not identified,
Birmingham 1887 hallmark



H.BROS into five lozenges  mark,  Harman Bros, Birmingham 1953 H.BROS into five lozenges  mark,  Harman Bros, Birmingham 1951
H.BROS into five lozenges
Harman Bros,
entered 1932
Birmingham 1953 hallmark


Birmingham 1951 hallmark
HBrs mark, Hardy Bros, Birmingham 1928
H BRs into a shield
Hardy Bros
Birmingham 1928 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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