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

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BRITISH SILVERSMITHS - ILLUSTRATED LISTING OF MARKS: PL - PZ
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PL under a crown over a fleur de lys mark, Pierre Platel, London 1699  hallmark
PL under a crown over a fleur de lys
Pierre Platel,

London 1699 hallmark
PL and English pseudo-duty 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
P.L under a crown and star over a fleur de lys mark, Paul de Lamerie, London 1737  hallmark
P.L under a crown and star over a fleur de lys
Paul de Lamerie,

entered 1733
London 1737 hallmark
PAUL DE LAMERIE. HISTORY , MARKS, INFORMATION
P.L in script under a crown over a pellet mark, Paul de Lamerie, London 1741 hallmark
P.L in script under a crown over a pellet
Paul de Lamerie,

entered 1739
London 1741 hallmark
PAUL DE LAMERIE. HISTORY , MARKS, INFORMATION
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 into two squares mark, not identified, Birmingham 1988 PN into two squares mark, not identified, Birmingham 1988
PN into two squares
not identified

Birmingham 1988 hallmark
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
PP in script under a star into a trefoil mark, Pezé Pilleau, London 1751
PP in script under a star into a trefoil
Pezé Pilleau
London 1751 hallmark
PPLd without contour mark, Payton, Pepper & Sons Ltd, Chester 1910 PPLd without contour mark, Payton, Pepper & Sons Ltd, London 1916 PPLd into a chamfered rectangle mark, Payton, Pepper & Sons Ltd, Chester 1900
PPLd without contour
PPLd into a chamfered rectangle
Payton, Pepper & Sons Ltd
Vyse Street, Birmingham
Chester 1910 hallmark

London 1916 import hallmark

Chester 1900 hallmark
P over PLTd into a shield mark, Poston Products Ltd , Birmingham 1963 P over Pltd into a shield mark, Poston Products Ltd, Sheffield 1962
P over Pltd into a shield
Poston Products Ltd
Birmingham 1963 hallmark






Sheffield 1962 hallmark
PR into a rectangle mark, Patrick Robertson, Edinburgh 1789
PR into a rectangle
Patrick Robertson,
Edinburgh 1789 hallmark
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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 mark, Paul Storr, London 1819
PS into two indented conjoined circles
Paul Storr
London 1836 hallmark




London 1819 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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