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 MARKS: K& - KZ
ALPHABETICAL LISTING
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K&D into a rectangle mark, Ker & Dempster, Edinburgh 1749 K&D into a rectangle mark, Ker & Dempster, Edinburgh 1749
K&D into a rectangle
Ker & Dempster
Edinburgh 1749 hallmark
courtesy www.acsilver.co.uk
K&D into two conjoined circles mark, not identified, Sheffield 1939
K & D into two conjoined circles
not identified
Sheffield 1939 hallmark
K&M into an oblong rectangle mark, Kelly Marshall & Co (possibly), Birmingham 1900 <"K&M
K&M into an oblong rectangle
Kelly Marshall & Co (possibly)
Birmingham 1900 hallmark
K & N into three conjoined circles mark, not identified, Birmingham 1907
K & N into three conjoined circles
not identified
Birmingham 1907 hallmark
K & P without frame mark, Kapp & Peterson, Dublin 1901 <"K
K & P without frame
Kapp & Peterson
Dublin 1901 hallmark
K & S inside a rectangle mark, Kendall & Sons, London 1940 K & S inside a rectangle mark, Kendall & Sons, London 1940
K & S inside a rectangle
Kendall & Sons
partners were Percy W., Frank R. and E. Clifford Kendall at Post Office Place, Leicester
London 1940 hallmark
K.B  mark, Kemp Bros, Birmingham 1923 K.B  mark, Kemp Bros, London 1937
K.B
Kemp Brothers
Union Street, Bristol
Birmingham 1923 hallmark


London 1937 hallmark
KFLd into a rectangle mark, Keyford Frames Ltd, London 1987
KFLd into a rectangle
Keyford Frames Ltd
Hallmarks entered in Birmingham and London, late 20th c.
London 1987 hallmark
Kg & Sns into an oblong rectangle mark, King & Sons, Chester 1897
Kg & Sns into an oblong rectangle
King & Sons
Chester 1897 hallmark
KLd mark, Kigu Ltd , London 1968 <"KLd
KLd
Kigu Ltd
Waldo Works, Waldo Road, London
London 1968 hallmark
K.Ltd mark, Kirwan & Co Ltd (possibly), Birmingham 1944
K.Ltd
Kirwan & Co Ltd (possibly)
Birmingham 1944 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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