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

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HF into a chamfered rectangle mark, H Fisher & Co, Sheffield 1901
HF into a chamfered rectangle
Harrison Fisher
entered 1898
Trafalgar Works, Trafalgar Street, Sheffield
Sheffield 1901 hallmark
HF&.Co  mark, H Fisher & Co, Sheffield 1929
H.F&.Co into an oblong rectangle
H Fisher & Co

Sheffield 1929 hallmark
HG  mark, Henry Greenaway, London 1790
HG
Henry Greenaway

London 1790 hallmark
HG mark, Hugh Gordon, Edinburgh 1758
HG
Hugh Gordon
mark as Assay Master
Edinburgh 1758 hallmark
HG  mark, Henry S. Gilling, London 1855
HG
Henry S. Gilling

gold case maker, mark registered on 6 October 1848. Henry Slader Gilling is first recorded as a rose engine-turner from 1839 to 1845 at 41 King Square and then in 1846 and 1847 as an engine-turner at 2 Upper Charles Street, Northampton Square, Clerkenwell. He then went in business with Peter Clerc, trading as Gilling & Clerc, listed as watch case and dial makers at 1 Upper Charles Street. The partnership was dissolved in 1848 after which H.S. Gilling continued as a watch case and dial maker at the same address. He was succeeded in 1862 by Percy Gilling.
London 1855 hallmark
H.G  & S mark, Henry Griffith & Sons, Birmingham 1932 H.G  & S mark, Henry Griffith & Sons, Chester 1897 H.G  & S mark, Henry Griffith & Sons, London 1919 H.G  & S mark, Henry Griffith & Sons, Sheffield 1975
H.G &S into an oblong chamfered rectangle
Henry Griffith & Sons
The business, commenced in Birmingham by Henry Griffith in 1850, was continued as Henry Griffith & Sons (until 1898) and later as Henry Griffith & Sons Ltd
Birmingham 1932 hallmark

Chester 1897 hallmark

London 1919 hallmark


Sheffield 1975 hallmark
H.G &S without contour mark, Henry Griffith & Sons, Birmingham 1929 H.G &S without contour mark, Henry Griffith & Sons, Birmingham 1929
H.G &S without contour
Henry Griffith & Sons,
Birmingham 1929 hallmark
H.G. &S. without contour mark, not identified - possibly Henry Griffith & Sons, Sheffield 1975 H.G. &S. without contour mark, not identified - possibly Henry Griffith & Sons, Sheffield 1978
H.G. &S. without contour
not identified - possibly Henry Griffith & Sons,
Sheffield 1975 hallmark


Sheffield 1978 hallmark
HGH over SAP in script into a scalloped frame mark, Hicklenton & Sydal -H G Hicklenton & S A Phillips-, London 1928
HGH over SAP in script into a scalloped frame
Hicklenton & Sydal -H G Hicklenton & S A Phillips-,
London 1928 hallmark
HGM into an upper cut corners rectangle mark, Henry George Murphy, London 1913 HGM into an upper cut corners rectangle mark, Henry George Murphy, London 1913
HGM into an upper cut corners rectangle
Henry George Murphy,
An English art deco silversmith (1884-1939) operating in his Falcon Studio (workshop and retail in Weymouth Street, London) and in the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London. The Falcon Studio employed as craftsmen Massey and Hammond, the jewellery and silver teachers at the Central School where Murphy was the first silversmith to be appointed 'Principal'.
London 1934 hallmark


HENRY GEORGE MURPHY HISTORY AND INFORMATION
H.H without contour mark, not identified, Birmingham 1918 H.H without contour mark, not identified, Birmingham 1918
H.H without contour
not identified,
Birmingham 1918 hallmark
See the section of "TOBACCONISTS, PIPE MAKERS, PIPE MOUNTERS"
HH mark, Hyam Hyams, London 1826
HH
Hyam Hyams ,
London 1826 hallmark
HH mark, Harrison Brothers & Howson, Sheffield 1871
HH
Harrison Brothers & Howson,
Sheffield 1871 hallmark
Business founded in 1847 by James William Harrison, Henry Harrison and Willian Howson as successors of Thomas Sanson & Sons.
HH into two conjoined circles mark, Harrison & Hipwood -possibly-, Sheffield 1964
HH into two conjoined circles
Harrison & Hipwood -possibly-,
Sheffield 1964 hallmark
HH into two circles mark, Henry Holland -of Holland, Aldwinckle & Slater-, London 1853
HH into two conjoined circles
Henry Holland -of Holland, Aldwinckle & Slater-,
London 1853 hallmark
HH gothic into a rectangle mark, H Hayes, Birmingham 1900
HH gothic into a rectangle
H Hayes,
Birmingham 1900 hallmark
HH in script into two conjoined circles mark, Historical Heirlooms Ltd, Sheffield 1972
HH in script into two conjoined circles
Historical Heirlooms Ltd,
Deansgate, Bolton, Lancashire. Possibly a sponsor's mark used by Prestons Ltd on their limited edition commemorative items.
Sheffield 1972 hallmark
HH&S mark, Henry Hobson & Son, Sheffield 1906
HH&S
Henry Hobson & Son,
Sheffield 1906 hallmark

Business established in Sheffield by Henry Hobson in 1845. A London branch was opened in 1852 and later styled George Hobson & Sons. Queen Street factory moved to Carver Street (1901) and then to Eyre Lane, Sheffield (1912)
HH&S into an oblong rectangle mark, Henry Hobson & Sons, Birmingham 1899
HH&S into an oblong rectangle
Henry Hobson & Sons
Birmingham 1899 hallmark
HH&S into an oval mark, Harold Gardner & Edward Stanley Gardner-Powell trading as H.Huntley & Sons, Birmingham 1940
HH&S into an oval
Harold Gardner & Edward Stanley Gardner-Powell trading as H.Huntley & Sons,
6 Vyse Street, Birmingham.
Birmingham 1940 hallmark
H.I and pseudo English Lion passant mark, James Hanna, Quebec 1763-1807
H.I and pseudo English Lion passant
James Hanna,
a Canada silversmith
Quebec 1763-1807 mark
HIE into a rectangle mark, Highpoint Import Export Ltd, Birmingham 1971
HIE into a rectangle
Highpoint Import Export Ltd
22 Stuart Crescent - London
Birmingham 1971 hallmark
H.J.C & Co Ld into an oblong rectangle mark, H.J. Cooper & Co Ltd, London 1906
H.J.C & Co Ld into an oblong rectangle
H.J. Cooper & Co Ltd,
Wholesale and manufacturing jewellers at 22 Thavies Inn, Holborn, London. Managing Director: Henry James Cooper.
London 1906 hallmark
HJH mark, Henry James Hulbert, London 1922
HJH
Henry James Hulbert,
Business founded in 1909 as H.J. Hulbert & Co. and changed in 1910 to H.J. Hulbert & Co Ltd. This mark was entered in 1910
London 1922 mark
HJI into an oval mark, Henry James Iveson, Birmingham 1901 HJI into an oval mark, Henry James Iveson, Birmingham 1901
HJI into an oval
Henry James Iveson,
A pipe mounter active at 153 Cambridge Road, London
Birmingham 1901 mark
See the section of "TOBACCONISTS, PIPE MAKERS, PIPE MOUNTERS"
HJL over JW into a lobed cartouche mark, Henry John Lias & James Wakely, London 1882
HJL over JW into a lobed cartouche
Henry John Lias & James Wakely,
entered 1879
London 1882 hallmark
HK into an oval mark, Henry Kaufman,Birmingham 1898
HK into an oval
Henry Kaufman,
tobacconist and fancy goods manufacturer, gold & silver worker.
Active at 91/93 Milton street, London
Registered in Chester in 1897 and in London in 1912
HL into a shield mark, Lambert & Co -Herbert Charles Lambert-, London 1913
HL into a shield
Lambert & Co -Herbert Charles Lambert-,
Coventry Street, London. Entered 1902
London 1913 hallmark
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H.L& Co into an oblong rectangle mark, Hamilton Laidlaw & Co, Sheffield 1928
H.L& Co into an oblong rectangle
Hamilton Laidlaw & Co,
38 Queen St, Glasgow. Entered 1906
Sheffield 1928 hallmark
HL over HL mark, Henry John Lias and Henry John Lias, London 1866
HL over HL
Henry John Lias and Henry John Lias,
London 1866 hallmark
Founded in 1791 by John Lias. The firm changed to John Lias & Son (1818), John Lias & Sons (1823), John Lias & Son (1837), Henry John Lias & Son (1848), Lias & Wakely (1878), Wakely & Wheeler (1884), Wakely & Wheeler Ltd (1940)....more....
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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