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

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JS mark, Joseph Sanders, London 1735
JS in script
Joseph Sanders,
London 1735 hallmark
JS in script into a rectangle mark, John Schuppe, London 1768
JS in script into a rectangle
John Schuppe,
entered 1753
London 1768 hallmark
J 'star' S  mark, John Spackman II, London 1737
J 'star' S
John Spackman II,
London 1737 hallmark
JS mark, John Sanders or John Shea or Josiah Snatt , London 1808
JS
John Sanders or John Shea or Josiah Snatt ,
London 1808 hallmark
JS mark, James Smith -possibly-, Edinburgh 1819
JS
James Smith -possibly-,
Edinburgh 1819 hallmark
JJS into a shaped contour mark, John Sutter, Chester 1828
JS into a shaped contour
John Sutter,
a Liverpool silversmith
Chester 1828 hallmark
JS various shapes mark, John Stone , Exeter 1849
JS various shapes
John Stone ,
Exeter 1849 hallmark
JS into a shield mark, John Smyth or Smith, Dublin 1853
JS into a shield
John Smyth or Smith,
Dublin 1853 hallmark
JS into an oval mark, John Stone, London 1934
JS into an oval
John Stone,
60 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester
London 1934 hallmark
See the section of "TOBACCONISTS, PIPE MAKERS, PIPE MOUNTERS" marks.
JS mark, not identified, London 2008 JS mark, not identified, London 2008
JS
not identified,
London 2008 hallmark
JS into a shield mark, Joseph Smith & Sons (Birmingham) Ltd, Chester 1957 JS into a shield mark, Joseph Smith & Sons (Birmingham) Ltd, Birmingham 1982
JS into a shield
Joseph Smith & Sons (Birmingham) Ltd,
Vittoria Street, Birmingham
Chester 1957 hallmark



Birmingham 1982 hallmark
J.S mark, not identified, Dublin c. 1800
J.S
not identified,
Dublin c. 1800 hallmark
J.S into a chamfered rectangle mark, not identified, Dublin 1861
J.S into a chamfered rectangle
not identified,
Dublin 1861 hallmark
J.S mark, John Stone , Exeter 1858
J.S
John Stone ,
Exeter 1858 hallmark
J.S into two conjoined circles mark, John Stone , Exeter 1838
J.S into two conjoined circles
John Stone,
New Bridge Street, Exeter
Exeter 1838 hallmark
J.S into a chamfered rectangle mark, John George Smith, London 1900
J.S into a chamfered rectangle
John George Smith ,
London 1900 hallmark
J.S mark, John Smith, Dublin 1902 J.S mark, John Smith, Dublin 1897
J.S
John Smith
,
Dublin 1902 hallmark



Dublin 1897 hallmark
J.S mark, Stevenson & Law, Sheffield 1899
J.S
Stevenson & Law,
Sheffield 1899 hallmark
J.S mark, James Swann, Birmingham 1918
J.S
James Swann,
Northampton Street, Birmingham
Birmingham 1918 hallmark
JS over AS into a rectangle mark, Joseph II & Albert Savory, London 1838 JS over AS into a rectangle mark, Joseph II & Albert Savory, London 1838
JS over AS into a rectangle
Joseph II & Albert Savory,
Free 1833, this mark entered 1835
London 1838 hallmark
jSh into a shield mark, Joseph &  Horace Savory, London 1891
jSh into a shield
Joseph & Horace Savory,
London 1891 hallmark
JS over & S mark, John Sanderson & Son Ltd, Sheffield 1965
JS over &S
John Sanderson & Son Ltd,
Sheffield 1965 hallmark
J.S &S or JS&S  mark, James Swann & Son, Birmingham 1959
J.S &S or JS&S  mark, James Swann & Son, Birmingham 1934 J.S &S or JS&S  mark, James Swann & Son, Birmingham 1934
J.S &S or JS&S
James Swann & Son,


Birmingham 1959 hallmark





Birmingham 1934 hallmark
JSH without frame mark, John Sutherland Hawes, London 1976
JSH without frame
John Sutherland Hawes ,
London 1976 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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