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

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N into a circle surrounded by leaves under a crown mark, Sharman D Neill , Dublin 1912
N into a circle surrounded by leaves under a crown
Sharman D Neill ,
Icknield Street & Howard Street, Birmingham
Dublin 1912 hallmark
N&D into three octagons mark, Napper & Davenport, Birmingham 1914
N&D into three octagons
Napper & Davenport,
St George's Place, Great Hampton Row, Birmingham
entered 1908
Birmingham 1914 hallmark
N&ES into a rectangle mark, N & E Spittle, Birmingham 1903 N&ES into a rectangle mark, N & E Spittle, Birmingham 1903
N&ES into a rectangle
N & E Spittle
Birmingham 1903 hallmark
N&H  mark, Nathan & Hayes -George Nathan & Ridley Hayes- , Chester 1898 N&H  mark, Nathan & Hayes -George Nathan & Ridley Hayes- , Birmingham 1888 N&H  mark, Nathan & Hayes -George Nathan & Ridley Hayes- , Birmingham 1888
N&H into a rectangle
N&H into two conjoined circles
Nathan & Hayes -George Nathan & Ridley Hayes- ,
Icknield Street & Howard Street, Birmingham
Chester 1898 hallmark



Birmingham 1888 hallmark


Birmingham 1888 hallmark
N&W into a rectangle mark, Norton & White, Birmingham 1908
N&W into a rectangle
Norton & White,
Newhall Street, Birmingham
Birmingham 1908 hallmark
N&W into an oval mark, Norton & White, Birmingham 1906
N&W into an oval
Norton & White,
Newhall Street, Birmingham
Birmingham 1906 hallmark
NCB into three conjoined circles mark, Norah Caroline Bolton, London 1977
NCB into three conjoined circles
Norah Caroline Bolton
London 1977 hallmark
ANe conjoined mark, Anthony Nelme, London 1714 ANe conjoined mark, Anthony Nelme, London 1714 ANe conjoined mark, Anthony Nelme, London 1714 ANe conjoined mark, Anthony Nelme, London 1714
ANe conjoined
Anthony Nelme
London 1714 hallmark
A predecessor silversmith of Edward Barnard & Sons Ltd, still active in present days ...
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N.G over Co mark, Northern Goldsmiths Co, London 1935 N.G over Co mark, Northern Goldsmiths Co, Birmingham 1936 NG over Co into a square mark, Northern Goldsmiths Co, Birmingham 1931 NG over Co into a square mark, Northern Goldsmiths Co, Birmingham 1931
N.G over Co or NG ove Co into a square
Northern Goldsmiths Co,
London 1935 hallmark


Birmingham 1936 hallmark


Birmingham 1931 hallmark
NH mark, Naphthali Hart, London 1813
NH into a rectangle
Naphthali Hart,
London 1813 hallmark
N.M mark, Nathaniel Mills, Birmingham 1846
N.M
Nathaniel Mills,
Birmingham 1846 hallmark
NP into an oval mark, not identified, London 1985
NP into an oval
not identified,
London 1985 hallmark
NS into a rectangle with curved sides mark, not identified, Dublin 1945
NS into a rectangle with curved sides
not identified,
Dublin 1945 hallmark
OM mark, Oomersi Mawji, Bhuy, Calcutta c. 1890 (image courtesy Michael Thomas) OM mark, Oomersi Mawji, Bhuy, Calcutta c. 1890 (image courtesy Michael Thomas)
O.M
Oomersi Mawji,
Oomersi Mawji was a very famous Indian silversmith who worked in BHUJ, which is in Kutch, Gujarat (India). He was born in Gujarat and was of Indian descent. His mark is included in this directory as he was active during British domination of India and his works may be classified as "English Colonial Silver". His work is not hallmarked (in the English way) but has a high percentage of silver. His own work is marked OM and he started to be well known around 1860. He used a special process and a brief description is given in V&A Museum website. He was known worldwide and will have sold through outlets in Calcutta and Bombay. His work became very expensive and the designs had to be simplified and his sons continued this. Certainly his family’s work was sold through Liberty of London and there is a page in a catalogue giving examples.
Bhuj, Gujarat (India, north of Mumbai) c. 1890
OR mark, Omar Ramsden, London 1922
OR
Omar Ramsden,
London 1922 hallmark

(born Sheffield, 21 Aug 1873; died London, 9 Aug 1939). The son of a silver and electroplate manufacturer, he was apprenticed to a company of silversmiths and attended evening classes at Sheffield School of Art and later at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1898 Ramsden set up a partnership with Alwyn Carr in London to produce fine ‘art’ silver. They exploited the fashionable taste for handmade silver of the Arts and Crafts Movement and, with the help of skilled artisans, made articles adapted from Gothic and Renaissance designs with Celtic-style inscriptions, which became their trademark.
Ot&Bd mark, Ollivant & Botsford, Birmingham 1935
Ot&Bd
Ollivant & Botsford,
Birmingham 1935 hallmark
P&T  mark, Pearce & Thompson, Birmingham 1911 P&T  mark, Pearce & Thompson, Birmingham 1911
P&T
Pearce & Thompson,
Birmingham 1911 hallmark
P.A mark,Peter Aitken, Glasgow 1828
P.A
Peter Aitken,
Glasgow 1828 hallmark
P.A&S mark, P.Ashberry & Sons, Sheffield 1933
P.A&S
P.Ashberry & Sons,
Sheffield 1933 hallmark
PAGE BROTHERS mark, Page Thomas, Amherst - Nova Scotia 1840
PAGE BROTHERS
Thomas Page,
a Canada silversmith
Brother of Amos Page. Known to have been a partner of Amos for brief period. Moved to Pugwash
Amherst - Nova Scotia 1840 mark
PB over AB mark,Peter & Ann Bateman , London 1792
PB over AB
Peter & Ann Bateman,
London 17922 hallmark
PB over AB over WB mark,  Peter Anne and William Bateman, London 1802
PB over AB over WB
Peter Anne and William Bateman,
London 1802 hallmark
P BRS mark, Pinder Brothers, Sheffield 1930
P BRS into two rectangles
Pinder Brothers
Sheffield 1930 hallmark
P.Bros mark, Purcell Bros, Birmingham 1934
P.Bros
Purcell Bros,
Birmingham 1934 hallmark
PB over WB mark,  Peter and William Bateman, London 1806
PB over WB
Peter and William Bateman,
London 1806 hallmark
PD and English pseudo-hallmarks mark, Peter Clarke Daniel, Cape Colony 1850 c.
PD and English pseudo-hallmarks
Peter Clarke Daniel,
a Cape of Good Hope Colony silversmith. Son of Peter Clarke Daniel (born in Dublin in 1777) he arrived in South Africa in 1820 together with his parents. He was registered as Adams and Daniel Jewellers & C. (1837), jeweller and watchmaker (1838-1839), goldsmith and jeweller (1849-1850), member of E. Massey & Co (1851-1852). He died 1863 c.
Cape Colony 1850 c. hallmark
P.D & Co mark, not identified, Birmingham 1945
P.D &Co
not identified,
Birmingham 1945 hallmark
Pe & over SONS mark, Pearce & Sons, London 1911
Pe & over SONS
Pearce & Sons,
London 1911 hallmark
PGD over & Sn in script into a cinquefoil mark, P G Dodd & Son, London 1922
PGD over & Sn in script into a cinquefoil
P G Dodd & Son

London 1922 hallmark
PH over D over CW into a quaterfoil mark, Dobson & Sons -Percy Holmes Dobson & Charles Westcott Dobson- , London 1909
PH over D over CW into a quaterfoil
Dobson & Sons -Percy Holmes Dobson & Charles Westcott Dobson-

London 1909 hallmark
PHV over &Co mark, P H Vogel & Co , Birmingham 1983
PHV over &Co
P H Vogel & Co

Birmingham 1983 hallmark
PL and English pseudo-duty mark mark, Pierre Lesperance, Montreal - Quebec 1819-1882
PL and English pseudo-duty mark
Pierre Lesperance,
a Canada silversmith
Trained by Francois Sasseville. Became his partner and successor
Montreal - Quebec 1819-1882 mark
PM mark, P Moore, Dublin 1820
PM
P Moore

Dublin 1820 hallmark
PN and English pseudo-hallmarks mark, Peter Nordbeck, Halifax - Nova Scotia 1789-1861
PN and English pseudo-hallmarks
Peter Nordbeck,
a Canada silversmith
Born in Germany (1789), received there his training as gilder, jeweller and silversmith. Used the mark N.S. for Nova Scotia. Entered into partnership with Henry Mignowitz and a Mr. Clark. This partnership was dissolved in 1827. Established Nordbeck & Co in 1827. Died in 1861.
Halifax - Nova Scotia 1789-1861 mark
PN  NS and English pseudo-hallmarks mark, Peter Nordbeck, Halifax - Nova Scotia 1789-1861
PN NS and English pseudo-hallmarks
Peter Nordbeck,
a Canada silversmith
Halifax - Nova Scotia 1789-1861 mark
P.ORR & SONS mark, PP. Orr & Sons, Madras (India) 1892
P.ORR &SONS
Peter Orr & Sons

founded in Madras in 1851 by Peter Nicholas Orr, a watchmaker from London. One of the largest and most successful silver manufacturers in India, the Orr workshop produced tableware and gold, gilt, and silver "swami" jewelry populated with Indian deities and exotic scenes.

Madras (India) 1892 hallmark
PPLd  mark, Payton, Pepper & Sons Ltd, Chester 1910
PPLd
Payton, Pepper & Sons Ltd

Chester 1910 hallmark
P over PLTd into a shield mark, Poston Products Ltd , Birmingham 1963
P over PLTd into a shield
Poston Products Ltd

Birmingham 1963 hallmark
PR  mark, Phillip Rundell, London 1821
PR
Phillip Rundell,
London 1821 hallmark
PS into two indented conjoined circles mark, Paul Storr, London 1836
PS into two indented conjoined circles
Paul Storr ,
London 1836 hallmark
PS mark, Paul Storr, London 1797
P.S into two conjoined circles
Paul Storr,
London 1797 hallmark
PW mark, Peter Walsh or Philip Weekes, Dublin 1833
PW
Peter Walsh or Philip Weekes,
Dublin 1833 hallmark
P.W mark, Percy Horace Arthur Whitehouse, London  1907
P.W
Percy Horace Arthur Whitehouse

London 1907 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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