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: IL
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IL mark, John Littlewood, Sheffield 1828 - courtesy Johnboy's Antiques Emporium
IL
John Littlewood,
West Bargreen Worshops
Sheffield 1828 hallmark
IL  mark, John Lias, London 1813
IL
John Lias,
a predecessor of Wakely & Wheeler....more....
London 1813 hallmark
IL into a shield mark, Isadore Leapman , Birmingham 1908
IL into a shield
Isadore Leapman ,
Birmingham 1908 hallmark
I.L under a circle mark, John Langlands I, Newcastle 1757
I.L under a circle
John Langlands I,
Newcastle 1757 hallmark



I.L mark, John Lambe, London 1782
I.L into a rectangle
John Lambe,
London 1782 hallmark
I.L into an oval mark, John Lambe, London 1784
I.L into an oval
John Lambe,
London 1784 hallmark
I.L into an oval mark, John Langlands II, Newcastle 1799
I.L into an oval
John Langlands II,
Newcastle 1799 hallmark


I.L mark, Jan Lotter, Cape Colony 1815 c.
I.L
Jan Lotter,
a Cape of Good Hope Colony silversmith. Possibly Johannes Matthias Lotter (1759) son of Johannes Casparus Lotter (1737). Activity documented 1813/1817
Cape Colony 1815 c. hallmark
I.L.B mark, James Le Bas, Dublin 1831
I.L.B
James Le Bas,
Dublin 1831 hallmark
I.L C mark, not identified, London 1868
I.L C
not identified,
London 1868 hallmark



I.L over H.L into a square mark, John & Henry Lias, London 1841
I.L over H.L into a square
John & Henry Lias,
London 1841 hallmark
IL over HL over CL  mark, John &  Henry & Charles Lias, London 1825
IL over HL over CL
John & Henry & Charles Lias
a predecessor of Wakely & Wheeler....more....
London 1825 hallmark
I.L over I.R mark, John Langlands I & John Robertson , Newcastle 1812
I.L over I.R
John Langlands I & John Robertson
Newcastle 1812 hallmark (imported silver)
I.L over I.G in script into a square mark, John Langlands I & John Goodrick, Newcastle 1756
I.L over I.G in script into a square
John Langlands I & John Goodrick,
Newcastle 1756 hallmark
courtesy www.acsilver.co.uk


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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