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

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BRITISH SILVERSMITHS - ILLUSTRATED LISTING OF MARKS: HM - HU
ALPHABETICAL LISTING
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HM and English pseudo-hallmarks mark, Henry Mignovitz , Halifax - Nova Scotia 1826
HM and English pseudo-hallmarks
Henry Mignovitz ,
a Canada silversmith
goldsmith and importer of jewellery and silver gilt from England
Halifax - Nova Scotia 1826 mark
H M into two squares  mark, Henry Matthews , Birmingham 1896 H M into two squares  mark, Henry Matthews, Chester 1895
H M into two squares
Henry Matthews,
Birmingham 1896 hallmark


Chester 1895 hallmark


HM without contour mark, Hector Miller, London 1972
HM without contour
Hector Miller
workshop in Camden town from 1974. Designer and manufacturer of various limited edition commemorative works
London 1972 mark
HMN mark, Henry M Norris, Exeter 1835
HMN
Henry M Norris
Exeter 1835 mark
H.N.M mark, Henry Nicholas Mills, London 1895 mark
H.N.M
Henry Nicholas Mills
London 1895 mark
HO without cartouche mark, not identified, London 1999
HO without cartouche
Historic Originals, Reading (possibly)

now trading as Hot Diamonds
London 1999 hallmark
H P  into a lozenge mark, Henry Perkins, Birmingham 1898
H P into a lozenge
Henry Perkins

Birmingham 1898 hallmark
See the section of "TOBACCONISTS, PIPE MAKERS, PIPE MOUNTERS"
H.P  into a rectangle mark, Henry Potter, London 1884
H.P into a rectangle
Henry Potter
entered 1860
London 1884 hallmark
H P  & S mark, H Pidduck & Sons, Birmingham 1920
H P & S
H Pidduck & Sons

Birmingham 1920 hallmark
H P  & S into an oblong exagon mark, Henry Perkins & Sons, London 1936 H P  & S into an oblong exagon mark, Henry Perkins & Sons, London 1936
H P & S into an oblong exagon
Henry Perkins & Sons

London 1936 hallmark
See the section of "TOBACCONISTS, PIPE MAKERS, PIPE MOUNTERS"
H P  & Ss mark, Henry Perkins & Sons, London 1907
H P & Ss
Henry Perkins & Sons

London 1907 hallmark
Business restyled in 1901 as Henry Perkins & Son, the partners being Henry, Arthur and Henry Charles Perkins. The firm was converted into a limited liability company in 1922 under the style Henry Perkins & Sons Ltd.
HS or SH mark, not identified, possibly Sheffield 1824 HS or SH mark, not identified, possibly Sheffield 1824
HS or SH
not identified
possibly Sheffield 1824 hallmark and French import marks
H.S mark,Henry Stratford, Sheffield 1886 H.S mark,Henry Stratford, London 1899
H.S
Henry Stratford
92 Harwood Street, Sheffield
Founded by William & Stratford in 1854
Sheffield 1886 hallmark

London 1899 hallmark
H.S mark, H Samuel Ltd , Birmingham 1912
H.S
H Samuel Ltd

Birmingham 1912 hallmark
HS over &.H into a shield mark, not identified, Birmingham 1882
HS over &.H into a shield
not identified

Birmingham 1882 hallmark
H.S over Ld into a shield mark, not identified, London 1885
H.S over Ld into a shield
not identified

London 1885 hallmark
H.SLd mark, Henry Stratford Ltd, Sheffield 1911
H.SLd
Henry Stratford Ltd

Sheffield 1911 hallmark
HS over MS into a svastika mark, Henry Simon & Maurice Strauss, London 1924
HS over MS into a svastika
Henry Simon & Maurice Strauss

108/110 Golden Lane, London
London 1924 hallmark

See the section of "TOBACCONISTS, PIPE MAKERS, PIPE MOUNTERS"
H.T mark, Henry Tatton, Edinburgh 1923
H.T
Henry Tatton
Edinburgh 1923 hallmark
H thistle T into a quatrefoil  mark, Tatton & Son, Edinburgh 1933
H thistle T into a quatrefoil
Tatton & Son
Edinburgh 1933 hallmark
HT mark, A.H. Tongue, Birmingham 1881
HT
A.H. Tongue
Birmingham 1881 hallmark
HT into a rounded outline mark, Hubert Tornhill, London 1894
HT into a rounded outline
Hubert Tornhill

London 1894 hallmark
HU mark, Hampton Utilities, Birmingham 1967
HU into two squares
Hampton Utilities

Birmingham 1967 hallmark
HU into two conjoined circles mark, Hampton Utilities, Birmingham 1973
HU into two conjoined circles
Hampton Utilities

Birmingham 1973 hallmark
HU into two conjoined pentagons mark, Hampton Utilities, Birmingham 1966 HU into two conjoined pentagons mark, Hampton Utilities, Birmingham 1966
HU into two conjoined pentagons
Hampton Utilities

Birmingham 1966 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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