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

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WC mark, William Cripps, London 1757
WC
William Cripps ,
London 1757 hallmark
WC into a rectangle mark, William Cunningham II - possibly-, Edinburgh 1807
WC into a rectangle
William Cunningham II - possibly-,
Edinburgh 1807 hallmark
WC mark, William Chawner II, London 1817
WC
William Chawner II ,
London 1817 hallmark
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WC into a domino mark, William Cummings, Dublin 1838
WC into a "domino"
William Cummings,
Dublin 1838 hallmark
WC into two circles mark, William Carter (possibly), London 1867 WC into two circles mark, William Carter (possibly), London 1867
WC into two circles
William Carter (possibly),
listed in 1852 as a watch case maker at 7 President Street East, Goswell Road, Clerkenwell, EC. This address was subsequently changed to 35 President Street, EC where Carter is still listed in 1885. A William Carter, possibly the same individual, is listed in 1841 as a watch case maker at 22 Galway Street, Bath Street, St. Luke's.
London 1867 hallmark
WC mark, not identified, Cape Colony 1820 c.
WC between two asterisks
not identified,
a Cape of Good Hope Colony silversmith
Cape Colony 1820 c. hallmark
W.C mark, William Chawner II, London 1813
W.C
William Chawner II,
London 1813 hallmark
W.C mark, William Coghill, Glasgow 1862
W.C
William Coghill,
Glasgow 1862 hallmark
W.C  into a circle mark, William Richard Corke, London 1903
W.C into a circle
William Richard Corke,
The firm was founded in the late 1870s as Corke Brothers. Became Corke Brothers & Co (1899- c.1920), Corke & Apthorp (c. 1920-1938) and Corke and Apthorp Ltd in 1938 (when was amalgamated with Puddefoot, Bowers and Simonett Ltd)
London 1903 hallmark
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WC mark, William Comyns & Sons Ltd, London 1905 WC mark, William Comyns & Sons Ltd, London 1905 W.C mark, William Comyns & Sons Ltd, Birmingham 1907
W.C into a four tipped oval
William Comyns & Sons Ltd ,
London 1905 hallmark




Birmingham 1907 hallmark
W.C.G mark, W C Griffiths, Birmingham 1909
W.C.G
W C Griffiths,
Birmingham 1909 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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