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

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W.D into a rectangle mark, William Downes, London 1774
W.D into a rectangle
William Downes,
entered 1768
London 1774 hallmark
WD mark, William Davies - possibly-, Birmingham 1910
W D into two conjoined circles
William Davies - possibly-
146 Hockley Hill, Birmingham
Birmingham 1910 hallmark
W.D  mark, William Devenport, Birmingham 1898
W.D into an oval
William Devenport,
Northwood Street, Birmingham
Birmingham 1898 hallmark
W.D mark, William Devenport, Birmingham 1904
W.D cartouche with bevelled corners
William Devenport,
Northwood Street, Birmingham
Birmingham 1904 hallmark
W.D mark, William Devenport, Birmingham 1904
W.D
William Devenport,
Northwood Street, Birmingham
Birmingham 1921 hallmark
W.D mark, William Deakin - possibly-, Birmingham 1903
W.D
William Deakin - possibly-
Birmingham 1903 hallmark
WE mark, William Eley I, London 1801
WE inside a rectangle
William Eley I,
mark entered in 1778
London 1801 hallmark
ELEY FAMILY: HISTORY AND MARKS
WE mark, William Edwards, London 1815
WE inside a rectangle
William Edwards,
mark entered in 1800
London 1815 hallmark
WE into a rectangle mark, William Esterbrook, London 1823
WE into a rectangle
William Esterbrook,
entered 1817
London 1823 hallmark
courtesy www.acsilver.co.uk
WE into two conjoined circles mark, William Eaton, London 1833
WE into two conjoined circles
William Eaton,
London 1833 hallmark
WE into an oval mark, William Evans , London 1871
WE into an oval
William Evans ,
London 1871 hallmark
WE into a shield mark, William Edwards, London 1876
WE into a shield
William Edwards,
London 1876 hallmark
W.E  mark, William Edwards , London 1819
W.E
William Edwards
London 1819 hallmark
W.E  mark, William Eaton , London 1820
W.E
William Eaton
London 1820 hallmark
W.E into an oval mark, William Ellerby, London 1815
W.E into an oval
William Ellerby
London 1815 hallmark
W.E without contour mark, William Ehrhardt -possibly-, Birmingham 1884
W.E without contourl
William Ehrhardt -possibly-
Birmingham 1884 hallmark
WEST & SON  mark, West & Son, Dublin 1861
WEST & SON
West & Son
Dublin 1861 hallmark
WE over WF mark, William Eley & William Fearn, London 1823
WE over WF
William Eley & William Fearn,
London 1823 hallmark
ELEY FAMILY: HISTORY AND MARKS
WE over WF mark, William Eley, William Fearn & William Chawner, London 1808
WE over WF over WC
William Eley I, William Fearn & William Chawner II,
London 1808 hallmark

ELEY FAMILY: HISTORY AND MARKS
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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