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

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WB into a rectangle mark, William Bennett, London 1796
WB into a rectangle
William Bennett,
entered 1796
London 1796 hallmark
WB into an oval cartouche mark, William Barrott, London 1819
WB into an oval cartouche
William Barrott,
entered 1807
London 1819 hallmark
WB mark, Birmingham 1809 WB mark, William Boot (attributed), Birmingham 1809
WB
William Boot (attributed),
Birmingham 1809 hallmark
W*B into an oval cartouche mark, William Bagnall, London 1744
W*B into an oval cartouche
William Bagnall,
entered 1744
London 1744 hallmark
W.B mark, William Bateman, London 1825
W.B into two curve conjoined outlines
William Bateman I,
London 1825 hallmark
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W.B mark, Walter Bird -possibly-, Glasgow 1848
W.B
Walter Bird -possibly-,
Glasgow 1848 hallmark
WB mark, William Bateman II, London 1825
WB
William Bateman II,
London 1838 hallmark...MORE...
WB in script mark, William Burwash, London 1815
WB in script
William Burwash,
London 1815 hallmark
WB mark, William Barrett II, London 1818
WB in Italic characters into a chamfered rectangle
William Barrett II,
London 1818 hallmark
WB mark, William Barrett II, London 1830
WB into a chamfered rectangle
William Barrett II,
London 1830 hallmark
W.B mark, Walter Brind, London 1792
W.B
Walter Brind,
London 1792 hallmark
WB & Co mark, William Briggs & Co, Birmingham 1904
WB & Co
William Briggs & Co,
Andrew Street, Wicker, Sheffield
Birmingham 1904 hallmark
WB over DB into a quatrefoil mark, William Bateman &  Daniel Ball, London 1842
WB over DB into a quatrefoil
William Bateman II & Daniel Ball,
London 1842 hallmark...MORE...
wBj into a shield mark, Walter & John Barnard , London 1892
wBj into a shield
Walter & John Barnard,
London 1892 hallmark
A predecessor silversmith of Edward Barnard & Sons Ltd, business still active in present days ...
MORE....
W.B over Ld into a heart mark, Williams (Birmingham) Ltd, Birmingham 1905
W.B over Ld into a heart
Williams (Birmingham) Ltd,
Birmingham 1905 hallmark
WB over Ld into a heart mark, Williams (Birmingham) Ltd, Birmingham 1910
W.B over L.d into a heart
Williams (Birmingham) Ltd,
Birmingham 1910 hallmark
W B over Ltd over & S into a quatrefoil mark, William Bruford & Son Ltd, London 1936
W B over Ltd over & S into a quatrefoil
William Bruford & Son Ltd,
London 1936 hallmark
W.Bros mark, not identified, Sheffield 1971
W.Bros
not identified,
Sheffield 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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