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

WITH THE ADDITION OF SCOTTISH, IRISH, CHANNEL ISLANDS AND COLONIES SILVERMITHS

  created by Giorgio B. owner of
www.silvercollection.it ©
English home page
versione italiana page d'accueil en francais
This is a page of A Small Collection of Antique Silver and Objects of vertu, a 1000 pages richly illustrated website offering all you need to know about antique silver, sterling silver, silverplate, sheffield plate, electroplate silver, silverware, flatware, tea services and tea complements, marks and hallmarks, articles, books, auction catalogs, famous silversmiths (Tiffany, Gorham, Jensen, Elkington, WMF, Reed & Barton, Mappin & Webb, Bateman Family), history, oddities ...
SITE MAP - HOME PAGE
BRITISH SILVERSMITHS - ILLUSTRATED LISTING OF MARKS: RL - RQ
ALPHABETICAL LISTING
OF SILVERSMITHS' NAMES
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
| |HOW TO READ ENGLISH/BRITISH STERLING SILVER MARKS|
| DUTY MARKS | LEOPARD'S HEAD | LONDON MARKS | WOMEN SILVERSMITHS | PSEUDO HALLMARKS | IMPORT MARKS |
| CONTEMPORARY MARKS | HERALDRY & FAMILY CRESTS | OLD ADVERTISEMENTS | FACTORIES & SHOPS: OLD IMAGES |
(click on the photo to enlarge image)
RL into two conjoined circles mark, R. Lindsay, Sheffield 1904
RL into two conjoined circles
R. Lindsay,
an Oban silversmith
Sheffield 1904 hallmark
RL & Co mark,  R.Landstone & Co,  London 1904
RL & Co into two circles
R.Landstone & Co
London 1904 hallmark
RM into a rectangle mark, Richard Morton, Sheffield 1802
RM into a rectangle
Richard Morton
Fargate - entered 1773
Sheffield 1802 hallmark
courtesy www.acsilver.co.uk
R.M into a rectangle mark, Robert Makepeace I, Newcastle 1753
R.M into a rectangle
Robert Makepeace I
The Side, Newcastle
Newcastle 1753 hallmark
courtesy www.acsilver.co.uk
R.McD & Co mark, not identified, Sheffield 1933
R.McD & Co
not identified,
Sheffield 1933 hallmark
RM over EH into a lozenge  mark, Richard Martin & Ebenezer Hall -Martin, Hall & Co-, Sheffield 1905 RM over EH into a lozenge  mark, Richard Martin & Ebenezer Hall -Martin, Hall & Co-, London 1883
RM over EH into a lozenge
Richard Martin & Ebenezer Hall -Martin, Hall & Co- ,
The origin of the firm in the partnership established in 1820 in Sheffield by Henry Wilkinson and John Roberts who traded as Wilkinson & Roberts.The firm's cronology is: John Roberts (1836), Roberts & Hall ( 1846), Martin Hall & Co (1854), Martin Hall & Co Ltd (1866-1936). Martin Hall & Co was one of the best known British manufacturers and partecipated to many international exhibitions including the Crystal Palace 1851 Great Exhibition. They had also a line of production in electroplate and in a patented white metal called "Martinoid"
Sheffield 1905 hallmark
London 1883 hallmark
RM over EH into a quatrefoil mark, Richard Martin & Ebenezer Hall -Martin, Hall & Co-, Sheffield 1866 RM over EH into a quatrefoil mark, Richard Martin & Ebenezer Hall -Martin, Hall & Co-, London 1876
RM over EH into a quatrefoil
Richard Martin & Ebenezer Hall -Martin, Hall & Co- ,
Broad Street Park, Sheffield
Sheffield 1866 hallmark


London 1876 hallmark
RMM & S into an oblong chamfered rectangle mark, R M Marples & Son, London 1904
RMM & S into an oblong chamfered rectangle
R M Marples & Son,
an Oban silversmith
London 1904 hallmark
R.M.W mark, Richard M Whitehouse , London 1981
R.M.W
Richard M Whitehouse,
London 1981 hallmark
Rn &  Cr into an oval mark, Omar Ramsden &  Alwyn Carr , London 1914
Rn & Cr into an oval
Omar Ramsden & Alwyn Carr ,
London 1914 hallmark
Omar Ramsden (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.
R.N.H.&Co  mark, R N Hollings &Co, Birmingham 1945
R.N.H.&Co
R N Hollings & Co,
Birmingham 1945 hallmark
RNS into a chamfered rectangle mark, not identified, London 1984
RNS into a chamfered rectangle
not identified ,
London 1984 hallmark
RO under a deer  into a notched rectangle mark, Nathaniel Roe, London 1716 RO under a deer  into a notched rectangle mark, Nathaniel Roe, London 1716
RO under a deer into a notched rectangle
Nathaniel Roe,
London 1716 hallmark
RP into a rectangle mark, not identified, Sheffield 1983
RP into a rectangle
not identified ,
Sheffield 1983 hallmark
R.P into a rectangle mark, Richard Poulden, London 1824
R.P into a rectangle
Richard Poulden,
Mark entered in 1818
London 1824 hallmark
R.P mark, Robert Pringle & Sons, Chester 1899 R.P mark, Robert Pringle & Sons, London 1938 R.P mark, Robert Pringle & Sons, Sheffield 1909 R.P mark, Robert Pringle & Sons, Birmingham 1897
R.P into a shield
Robert Pringle & Sons
The business was established in 1835 by Robert Pringle (I) who had moved to London from Perth in 1820 and passed to his son Robert Pringle (II). The firm was re-styled as Robert Pringle & Son in 1882 and in 1899 as Robert Pringle & Sons. The firm was converted into a limited liability company in 1931 under the style Robert Pringle & Sons (London) Ltd and later in Robert Pringle (Engineers) Ltd (c. 1965)
Chester 1899 hallmark

London 1938 hallmark

Sheffield 1909 hallmark

Birmingham 1897 hallmark

ROBERT PRINGLE & SONS history and information
R fleur de lys P mark, Robert Peaston, London 1768
R fleur de lys P
Robert Peaston ,
London 1768 hallmark
RP into an oval mark, not identified , Sheffield 1979
RP into an oval
not identified ,
Sheffield 1979 hallmark
RP into two lozenges mark, not identified, London 1978
RP into two lozenges
not identified,
London 1978 hallmark
R.P into a rectangle mark, Robert Pinkney, Newcastle c. 1790
R.P into a rectangle
Robert Pinkney,
Newcastle c. 1790 hallmark
courtesy www.acsilver.co.uk
RP over & over CCo into a quatrefoil mark, not identified, Sheffield 1943
RP over & over CCo into a quatrefoil
not identified,
Sheffield 1943 hallmark
R.P over G.B into a square mark, Richard Pierce & George Burrows II, London 1832
RP over GB into a square mark, Richard Pierce & George Burrows II, London 1832 RP over GB into a square mark, Richard Pierce & George Burrows II, London 1832 RP over GB into a square mark, Richard Pierce & George Burrows II, London 1832
RP over GB or R.P over G.B into a square
Richard Pierce & George Burrows II,
mark registered on 1826 and still active in 1847
London 1832 hallmark



London 1839 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
This page was useful? leave your LIKE on facebookgo to facebook page
work in progress on this page - your help, corrections and suggestions will be greatly appreciated -