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

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M.J.J mark, Matthew John Jessop, Birmingham 1903
M.J.J
Matthew John Jessop,
Birmingham 1903 hallmark
MLS between two fleur de lys  mark, Martinus Louren Smith, Cape Colony 1800 c.
MLS between two fleur de lys
Martinus Lourens Smith,
a Cape of Good Hope Colony silversmith. Arrived at the Cape on 27 October 1757 from Aalborg, Denmark. Died on 18 March 1806.
Cape Colony 1800 c. hallmark
MM and English pseudo-hallmarks mark, Lodewyk Beck, Cape Colony 1855 c.
M M and English pseudo-hallmarks
Lodewyk Beck,
a Cape of Good Hope Colony silversmith
Cape Colony 1855 c. hallmark
Mn Wb over & mark, Mappin & Webb Limited, London 1921 Mn Wb over & mark, Mappin & Webb Limited, Dublin 1919
Mn Wb over & mark, Mappin & Webb Limited, Birmingham 1920 Mn Wb over & mark, Mappin & Webb Limited, Birmingham 1920
Mn Wb over & (inside a rectangle or inside a shield)
Mappin & Webb Limited
,
London 1921 hallmark




Dublin 1919 hallmark





Birmingham 1920 hallmark
M.P mark, Michael Plummer, London 1795
MP
Michael Plummer,
London 1795 hallmark
M R into two circles mark, Manoah Rhodes & Sons Ltd, London 1924
M R into two circles
Manoah Rhodes & Sons Ltd,
47 Kirkgate, Bradford
London 1924 hallmark

Manoah Rhodes & Sons Ltd, Watchmaker to the Admiralty
M R over CR into a quatrefoil mark, Mary Ann & Charles Reily, London 1827
M R over CR into a quatrefoil
Mary Ann & Charles Reily,
entered 1826
London 1827 hallmark
M S into an oval mark, Mary Sumner, London 1808
M S into an oval
Mary Sumner,
London 1808 hallmark
M.S mark, Moses or Morris Salkind, London 1937
M.S
Moses or Morris Salkind,
Mulberry Street, London
London 1937 hallmark
M.S into two conjoined circles mark, Millicent -Duchess of- Sutherlan, Birmingham 1911
M.S into two conjoined circles
Millicent -Duchess of- Sutherland
Birmingham 1911 hallmark

The Duchess of Sutherland's Guild of Handicraft was founded in 1898 by Millicent Duchess of Sutherlands as The Potteries and Newcastle Cripples Guild. Art metalwork began in 1902 under the guidance of Francis Arthur Edwards. The Works were at Wilson St. - Hanley, Staffs. In 1907 the guild was converted into a limited liability company under the name of The Duchess of Sutherland's Cripples Guild of Handicrafts. The activity was closed in 1922.
MS over ES  mark, Mary & Elizabeth Sumner , London 1810 MS over ES  mark, Mary & Elizabeth Sumner , London 1810
MS over ES into circle
Mary & Elizabeth Sumner ,
London 1810 hallmark
MT into a rectangle mark, Mary Troby, London 1807
MT into a rectangle
Mary Troby,
London 1807 hallmark
M.T into an oval mark, Marcus Themans, Chester 1898 M.T into an oval mark, Marcus Themans, Chester 1898
M.T into an oval
Marcus Themans,
26 Piccadilly, Manchester
Chester 1898 hallmark
MW into a rectangle mark, Matthew West, Dublin c.1760/1800
MW into a rectangle
Matthew West,
Dublin c.1760/1800 hallmark
M.W & S into an oblong rectangle mark, Mark Willis & Son Ltd, Sheffield 1913
M.W & S into an oblong rectangle
Mark Willis & Son Ltd,
Exchange Works, 207 Rockingham St, Sheffield
Sheffield 1913 hallmark
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MWD in script into a bottle mark, Wyard Druitt & Co Ltd -Michael W Druitt-, London 1971
MWD in script into a bottle
Wyard Druitt & Co Ltd -Michael W Druitt-,
Waterbeach, Cambridge
London 1971 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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