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

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M&A mark, Muirhead & Arthur, Glasgow 1877
M&A
Muirhead & Arthur,
Glasgow 1877 hallmark
M&B into a shield mark, Marston & Bayliss, Birmingham 1904
M&B into a shield
Marston & Bayliss,
Birmingham 1904 hallmark
M&C mark,Mackay & Chisholm , Edinburgh 1936 M&C mark,Mackay & Chisholm , Edinburgh 1847
M&C
Mackay & Chisholm,
59 Princes Street, Edinburgh
Edinburgh 1936 hallmark


Edinburgh 1847 hallmark
M&Co into a scalloped rectangle  mark, Marples & Co Ltdr, Birmingham 1910 M&Co into a scalloped rectangle  mark, Marples & Co Ltdr, Sheffield 1905
M&Co into a scalloped rectangle
Marples & Co Ltd,
105 Napier Street, Sheffield
Birmingham 1910 hallmark



Sheffield 1905 hallmark
M&Co mark, Maple & Co, Sheffield 1929
M&Co
Maple & Co Ltd,
Business established in 1841 by John Maple and by 1860 the style of the firm was altered to J. Maple & Co. In 1891 the firm was converted into a limited liability company under the style Maple & Co Ltd.
Sheffield 1929 hallmark
M&Co into three conjoined circles  mark, Munsey & Co -possibly-, Birmingham 1936
M&Co into three conjoined circles
Munsey & Co -possibly-,
Birmingham 1936 hallmark
M&J into two circles mark, Marson &a Jones , Birmingham 1925
M&J into two circles
Marson & Jones ,
Birmingham 1925 hallmark
M & L into three squares mark, Minshull & Latimer, Birmingham 1900
M & L into three squares
Minshull & Latimer,
Birmingham 1900 hallmark
M&R into  a rectangle mark, Mitchell & Russell, Edinburgh 1809
M&R into an oblong chamfered rectangle
Mitchell & Russell,
partners William Mitchell I and William Russel I. Subsequently William Mitchell & Sons. First mentioned 1819, last 1841
Edinburgh 1809 hallmark
M & S mark, Mitchell & Son, Glasgow 1825
M & S
Mitchell & Son,
Glasgow 1825 hallmark
M & S mark, Marshall & Sons, Edinburgh 1822
M & S
Marshall & Sons ,
a retailer at 87 George St.
Edinburgh 1822 hallmark
M&S over Ltd into a shield mark, Maxfield & Sons Ltd, Sheffield 1916
M&S over Ltd into a shield
Maxfield & Sons Ltd,
Sheffield 1916 hallmark
M&W mark, Mappin & Webb, London 1904 M&W mark, Mappin & Webb
M&W
Mappin & Webb,
London 1904 hallmarks
Sheffield 1953 hallmark
(note Queen Elizabeth II Coronation mark)


Mappin & Webb history and information
M&W into an oval mark, Mappin & Webb Ltd, Birmingham 1976
M&W into an oval
Mappin & Webb Ltd,
Birmingham 1976 hallmark
(note Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee mark)
Mappin & Webb history and information
MAB mark, Michael Allan Burton, London 1988
MAB
Michael Allan Burton,
(1938-2005)
London 1988 hallmark
MARSHALL & SONS mark,Marshall & Sons, Edinburgh 1882
MARSHALL & SONS
Marshall & Sons,
87 George St, Edinburgh
Edinburgh 1882 hallmark
MAYER mark, Joseph Mayer, Exeter 1852
MAYER
Joseph Mayer,
Exeter 1852 hallmark
M.B mark, Moses Brent, London 1804
M.B
Moses Brent ,
London 1804 hallmark
MB mark, Matthew Boulton, Birmingham 1814 MB mark, Matthew Boulton, Birmingham 1824
MB
Matthew Boulton,
Birmingham 1814 hallmark



Birmingham 1824 hallmark
M.BROS. mark, Miller Bros, Birmingham 1903 M.BROS. mark, Miller Bros, Birmingham 1902 M.BROS. mark, Miller Bros, Birmingham 1897 - courtesy Johnboy's Antiques Emporium
M.BROs. or M.BROS
Miller Bros,
The firm was founded in the 1870s by Charles Dew Miller, George Woodville Miller and Richard William Bentley Miller. In 1904 the firm was converted into a limited liability company under the style Miller Brothers (London) Ltd.

Birmingham 1902 hallmark




Birmingham 1906 hallmark





Birmingham 1897 hallmark
M over BROS into a lozenge mark, Mappin Brothers , Sheffield 1925 M over BROS into a lozenge mark, Mappin Brothers, Chester 1896
M over BROS into a lozenge
Mappin Brothers,
William Gibson & John Lawrence Langman trading as Mappin Brothers, Regent Street and Cheapside, London and Queens Works, Sheffield
Sheffield 1925 hallmark
Chester 1896 hallmark

M over BROS into a lozenge mark, Mappin Brothers, Chester 1896
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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