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

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BRITISH SILVERSMITHS - ILLUSTRATED LISTING OF MARKS: RR - RZ
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RR mark, Richard Richardson, Sheffield 1904
RR into an indented corners rectangle
Richard Richardson,
Sheffield 1904 hallmark
The business was established in 1796 in Sheffield by Richard Richardson. In 1895 the firm was active at Corwall Works, Sheffield and in London showroom at Ely Place, Holborn Circus.
RR mark, Robert Rutland, London 1808
RR
Robert Rutland,
London 1808 hallmark
R.R into a rectangle mark, Richard Rugg, London 1761
R.R into a rectangle
Richard Rugg,
entered 1754
London 1761 hallmark
R.R over A.R over IMH under a crown mark, Robert Roskell, Alan Roskell & John Mortimer Hunt, London 1886
R.R over A.R over IMH under a crown
Robert Roskell, Alan Roskell & John Mortimer Hunt,
London 1886 hallmark
courtesy www.acsilver.co.uk

Hunt & Roskell late Storr & Mortimer
RS into a rectangle mark, Robert Sharp, London 1793
RS into a rectangle
Robert Sharp,
entered 1788
London 1793 hallmark
RS into a tipped oval shape mark, Robert W. Smith, Dublin 1834
RS into a tipped oval shape
Robert W. Smith,
Dublin 1834 hallmark
courtesy www.acsilver.co.uk
RS into a shield mark, Robert Stewart , London 1910 RS into two conjoined circles mark, Robert Stewart , London 1910
RS into a shield or RS into two conjoined circles
Robert Stewart,
Sauchiehall Street and Argyle Street, Glasgow
London 1910 hallmark


London 1910 hallmark
RS and pseudo English hallmarks mark, Rice Sharpley, Montreal c. 1830-1880
RS and pseudo English hallmarks
Rice Sharpley,
a Canada silversmith
Montreal c. 1830-1880 mark
RS into an oval mark, Robert Stebbings , London 1912 R.S into an oval mark, Robert Stebbings, London 1908
RS or R.S into an oval
Robert Stebbings,
Middleton Street, London
London 1912 hallmark



London 1908 hallmark
R.S mark, Richard Sawyer, Dublin 1809
R.S
Richard Sawyer,
Dublin 1809 hallmark
R.S into a chamfered rectangle mark, Spencer & Co - possibly-, Birmingham 1900 R.S into a chamfered rectangle mark, Spencer & Co - possibly-, Birmingham 1900
R.S into a chamfered rectangle
Spencer & Co - possibly-,
Queen St, London
Birmingham 1900 hallmark
R.S mark, Robert Scott, Glasgow 1858 R.S. mark, Robert Scott, Glasgow 1860
R.S or R.S.
Robert Scott,
Glasgow 1858 hallmark


Glasgow 1860 hallmark
R.S.P.Co mark, Raeno Silver Plate Co Ltd, Birmingham 1917
R.S.P.Co
Raeno Silver Plate Co Ltd ,
mark entered in 1913
Birmingham 1917 hallmark
RT mark, Richard Turner, London 1812
RT
Richard Turner,
Islington Road, London
London 1812 hallmark
RT mark, Robert Thornton, Birmingham 1873
RT
Robert Thornton
Birmingham 1873 hallmark
RT St J mark, Richard Thompson, New Brunswick 1842-1844
RT St J
Richard Thompson,
a Canada silversmith
New Brunswick 1842-1844 mark
RW into a chamfered rectangle mark, Robert Walliss, London 1844
RW into a chamfered rectangle
Robert Walliss
mark entered in 1836
London 1844 hallmark
RW into two conjoined circles  mark, Robert Wallis, London 1848
RW into two conjoined circles
Robert Wallis
mark entered in 1845
London 1848 hallmark
R.W  mark, Robert Williams , Exeter 1833
R.W
Robert Williams ,
Exeter 1833 hallmark
RW over B in script into three circles mark, Harrods Ltd -Richard Woodman Burbridge-, Birmingham 1933 RW over B in script into three circles mark, Harrods Ltd -Richard Woodman Burbridge-, Birmingham 1933 RW over B in script into three circles mark, Harrods Ltd -Richard Woodman Burbridge-, Sheffield 1964
RW over B in script into three circles mark, Harrods Ltd -Richard Woodman Burbridge-, London 1960 RW over B in script into three circles mark, Harrods Ltd -Richard Woodman Burbridge-, London 1960
RW over B in script into three circles
Harrods Ltd -Richard Woodman Burbridge-,


Birmingham 1933 mark






Sheffield 1964 mark


London 1960 mark
RW  over JW over JW  mark, Robert, James & Josiah Williams , Exeter 1847
RW over JW over JW
Robert, James & Josiah Williams ,
Exeter 1847 hallmark
R.W  mark, Robert Wadman Stilby, London 1912
RWS into a rectangle
Robert Wadman Stilby,
a partner of J. Loebl & Co. The firm was listed since 1884 as leather bag manufacturer when was managed by Joseph and Samuel Loebl
London 1912 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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