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

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


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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