HALLMARKS OF ENGLISH SILVER
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J.D&Co Ld into an oblong chamfered rectangle mark, Johnson, Durban & Co Ltd, Birmingham 1898 (courtesy Johnboy's Antiques) J.D&Co Ld into an oblong chamfered rectangle mark, Johnson, Durban & Co Ltd, Birmingham 1898 (courtesy Johnboy's Antiques)
J.D&Co Ld into an oblong chamfered rectangle
Johnson, Durban & Co Ltd
Birmingham 1898 hallmark
Aston Road and Hubert Street, Birmingham
J.D & S mark, James Dixon & Son Sheffield 1947 J.D & S mark, James Dixon & Son, Birmingham 1933
J.D & S into a shield
James Dixon & Sons,

Sheffield 1947 hallmark

Birmingham 1933 hallmark

Business established in 1806 in Silver Street, Sheffield by James Dixon in partnership with a Mr. Smith. The firm became James Dixon & Son (1823), James Dixon & Sons (1835c.) and James Dixon & Sons Ltd in 1920. London showrooms were opened in London (1873), Sidney and Melborne (1912).

James Dixon & Sons history and information
J.D over McA mark, John D McAllister, Glasgow 1944
J.D over McA
John D McAllister,
Glasgow 1944 hallmark
JD over WD mark, James Deakin & sons, Sheffield 1897 JD over WD into a shield mark, James Deakin & Sons -John & William Deakin-, Chester 1903 JD over WD into a shield mark, James Deakin & Sons -John & William Deakin-, Birmingham 1920
JD over WD into a shield
James Deakin & Sons -John & William Deakin-,
Sheffield 1897 hallmark
Chester 1903 hallmark
Birmingham 1920 hallmark

The firm was established in 1865 by James Deakin at Sidney Works, Matilda Street, Sheffield. Before 1886 he was joined in partnership by his three sons, William Pitchford, John and Albert and the style of the firm was changed to James Deakin & Sons. In 1888 they opened London offices and showrooms at 48 Holborn Viaduct. Other branches were opened at Glasgow and Belfast. In 1897 the firm was converted to James Deakin & Sons Ltd.
J.E in script into a quatrefoil mark,John Emes, London 1806
J.E in script into a quatrefoil
John Emes
London 1806 hallmark
A predecessor silversmith of Edward Barnard & Sons Ltd, business still active in present days ... MORE....
J.E into a rectangle mark, Joseph Ettlinger, London 1882 J.E into a rectangle mark, Joseph Ettlinger, London 1882
J.E into a rectangle
Joseph Ettlinger,
London 1882 hallmark
Joseph Ettlinger partner of Triefus & Ettlinger, 103 Rue du Temple, Paris
JE under a crown mark, John Elston, Exeter 1715
JE under a crown
John Elston
Exeter 1715 hallmark

JEB into a rectangle mark, John Edward Bingham -Walker & Hall-, Sheffield 1888
JEB into a rectangle
John Edward Bingham -Walker & Hall-
Howard Street, Sheffield
Sheffield 1888 hallmark (entered 1873)
courtesy www.acsilver.co.uk
JEB into three conjoined circles mark, James Edward Barry, Sheffield 1943
JEB into three conjoined circles
James Edward Barry
Sheffield 1943 hallmark
J.E.B. mark, John Eldershaw Brunt, London 1836
J.E.B.
John Eldershaw Brunt
born c. 1800. Commenced business as goldsmith in 1822 at 36 Museum Street, Bloomsbury. He moved to 14 Greville Street and from 1836 to 1839 he traded as goldsmiths and jewellers with C.E. Sparrow and later entered in partnership with William James trading under the style of Mesdames Brunt & James. The partnership was soon dissolved and Brunt continued alone until the 1860s
London 1836 hallmark
J.E.B into an oblong pinned shape mark, J E Bushell, Birmingham 1942
J.E.B into an oblong pinned shape
J E Bushell
Caroline Street, Birmingham
entered 1932
Birmingham 1942 hallmark
J over EBW over J into a quatrefoil mark, John, Edward, Walter & John Barnard (Barnard & Sons), London 1876
J over EBW over J into a quatrefoil
John, Edward, Walter & John Barnard (Barnard & Sons)
London 1876 hallmark
courtesy www.acsilver.co.uk
A predecessor silversmith of Edward Barnard & Sons Ltd, business still active in present days ... MORE....
JEE over T in a pentagon and pseudo English hallmarks mark, James E.Ellis, Toronto, Ontario, c. 1850/1880
JEE over T in a pentagon and pseudo English hallmarks
James E.Ellis, a CANADA silversmith
Toronto, Ontario hallmark, c. 1850/1880

JF into a beaded circle mark, Jacob Fenigstein, Birmingham 1912
JF into a beaded circle
Jacob Fenigstein
Birmingham 1912 hallmark

J.F into a rectangle mark, Joseph Fulton, Exeter 1851
J.F into a rectangle
Joseph Fulton
a Bristol silversmith
Exeter 1851 hallmark

J.F  mark, James Fenton, Birmingham 1852
J.F
James Fenton
Birmingham 1852 hallmark

J.F into a chamfered rectangle mark, John Alexander Fettes, Glasgow 1926
J.F into a chamfered rectangle
John Alexander Fettes
entered c. 1903-1916
Glasgow 1926 hallmark
courtesy www.acsilver.co.uk
J.F mark, James Fenton & Co, Birmingham 1930
J-F
James Fenton & Co
Birmingham 1930 hallmark

JFF over FF into a shield mark, Fenton Bros -John Frederick Fenton & Frank Fenton-, London 1880
JFF over FF into a shield
Fenton Bros -John Frederick Fenton & Frank Fenton-
South Moor Works, Earl Street, Sheffield
London 1880 hallmark (entered 1875)
JG into a rectangle mark, John Golding, Exeter 1844
JG into a rectangle
John Golding
Plymouth
Exeter 1844 hallmark

JG mark, John Gammage, Birmingham 1850
JG
John Gammage
Birmingham 1850 hallmark

J.G mark, John Gilbert - John Gilbert & Co, London 1869
J.G
John Gilbert - John Gilbert & Co
John Gilbert is listed in 1865 as a silversmith and electroplater at Ryland Street North, Birmingham and office at Ely Place, Holborn, London. In 1880 the firm was converted into a limited liability company under the style of John Gilbert & Co Ltd.
London 1869 hallmark
J.G mark, Joseph Gloster, Birmingham 1904 J.G mark, Joseph Gloster, Birmingham 1904
J.G mark, Joseph Gloster, Birmingham 1897 J.G mark, Joseph Gloster, Birmingham 1897
J.G into a rectangle
Joseph Gloster
Lion Silver Works, Hockley Hill, Birmingham
Birmingham 1904 hallmark (entered 1890)


Birmingham 1896 hallmark (entered 1888)
J.G Ltd into three circles mark, J Gloster Ltd, Birmingham 1963
J.G Ltd into three circles
J Gloster Ltd
Birmingham 1963 hallmark
J.G &S mark, John Grinsell & Sons, Birmingham 1918 J.G &S mark, John Grinsell & Sons, London 1897 J.G &S mark, John Grinsell & Sons, Birmingham 1901
J.G &S
John Grinsell & Sons
Birmingham 1918 hallmark


London 1897 hallmark


Birmingham 1901 hallmark

HISTORY, MARKS AND HALLMARKS
J.G.G into a shield mark, John George Graves, Chester 1903
J.G.G into a shield
John George Graves
Division Street, Sheffield
Chester 1903 hallmark
JGM into an oblong rectangle mark, John Gloagh Murdoch, Birmingham 1887 JGM into an oblong rectangle mark, John Gloagh Murdoch, Birmingham 1887 JGM into an oblong rectangle mark, John Gloagh Murdoch, Birmingham 1887
JGM into an oblong rectangle
John Gloagh Murdoch
Birmingham 1887 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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