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MAKER'S MARK IDENTIFICATION - ILLUSTRATED LISTING

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BRITISH SILVERSMITHS - ILLUSTRATED LISTING OF MAKER'S AND SPONSOR'S MARKS: HG
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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

HENRY GRIFFITH & SONS HISTORY AND INFORMATION



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

HENRY GRIFFITH & SONS HISTORY AND INFORMATION
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


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
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THE DIRECTORY OF
SCOTTISH PROVINCIAL
SILVER
THE DIRECTORY OF
CHANNEL ISLANDS
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THE DIRECTORY OF
CANADA
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THE DIRECTORY OF
AUSTRALIA
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THE DIRECTORY OF
CAPE COLONY
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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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