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BRITISH SILVERSMITHS
ILLUSTRATED LISTING OF SILVER MAKERS MARKS
N& - NZ
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ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF MAKER'S MARKS
AA/AE    AF/AZ    BA/BZ    CA/CH    CI/CZ    DA/DZ    EA/EZ    FA/FZ    GA/GZ    HA/HG    HH/HZ    IA/IG    IH/IZ    JA/JC    JD/JI    JJ/JP    JQ/JS    JT/JZ    KA/LZ    MA/MZ    NA/PA    PB/PZ    QA/RJ    RK/RZ    SA/SG    SH/SZ    TA/TH    TI/TZ    UA/WB    WC/WF    WG/WL    WM/WS    WT/ZZ   

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 
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N into a circle surrounded by leaves under a crown mark, Sharman D Neill , Dublin 1912
N into a circle surrounded by leaves under a crown
Sharman D Neill ,
Icknield Street & Howard Street, Birmingham
Dublin 1912 hallmark
N&D into three octagons mark, Napper & Davenport, Birmingham 1914
N&D into three octagons
Napper & Davenport,
St George's Place, Great Hampton Row, Birmingham
entered 1908
Birmingham 1914 hallmark
N&ES into a rectangle mark, N & E Spittle, Birmingham 1903 N&ES into a rectangle mark, N & E Spittle, Birmingham 1903
N&ES into a rectangle
N & E Spittle
Birmingham 1903 hallmark
N&H  mark, Nathan & Hayes -George Nathan & Ridley Hayes- , Chester 1898 N&H  mark, Nathan & Hayes -George Nathan & Ridley Hayes- , Birmingham 1888 N&H  mark, Nathan & Hayes -George Nathan & Ridley Hayes- , Birmingham 1888
N&H into a rectangle
N&H into two conjoined circles
Nathan & Hayes -George Nathan & Ridley Hayes- ,
Icknield Street & Howard Street, Birmingham
Chester 1898 hallmark



Birmingham 1888 hallmark


Birmingham 1888 hallmark
N&W into a rectangle mark, Norton & White, Birmingham 1908
N&W into a rectangle
Norton & White,
Newhall Street, Birmingham
Birmingham 1908 hallmark
N&W into an oval mark, Norton & White, Birmingham 1906
N&W into an oval
Norton & White,
Newhall Street, Birmingham
Birmingham 1906 hallmark
NCB into three conjoined circles mark, Norah Caroline Bolton, London 1977
NCB into three conjoined circles
Norah Caroline Bolton
London 1977 hallmark
ANe conjoined mark, Anthony Nelme, London 1714 ANe conjoined mark, Anthony Nelme, London 1714 ANe conjoined mark, Anthony Nelme, London 1714 ANe conjoined mark, Anthony Nelme, London 1714
ANe conjoined
Anthony Nelme
London 1714 hallmark
A predecessor silversmith of Edward Barnard & Sons Ltd, still active in present days ...
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N.G over Co mark, Northern Goldsmiths Co, London 1935 N.G over Co mark, Northern Goldsmiths Co, Birmingham 1936 NG over Co into a square mark, Northern Goldsmiths Co, Birmingham 1931 NG over Co into a square mark, Northern Goldsmiths Co, Birmingham 1931
N.G over Co or NG ove Co into a square
Northern Goldsmiths Co,
London 1935 hallmark


Birmingham 1936 hallmark


Birmingham 1931 hallmark
NH mark, Naphthali Hart, London 1813
NH into a rectangle
Naphthali Hart,
London 1813 hallmark
N.M mark, Nathaniel Mills, Birmingham 1846
N.M
Nathaniel Mills,
Birmingham 1846 hallmark
NP into an oval mark, not identified, London 1985
NP into an oval
not identified,
London 1985 hallmark
NS into a rectangle with curved sides mark, not identified, Dublin 1945
NS into a rectangle with curved sides
not identified,
Dublin 1945 hallmark
BRITISH TOWN MARKS AND DATE LETTERS




MORE on the tutorial:     HOW TO READ ENGLISH/BRITISH STERLING  SILVER MARKS

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)

examples of maker's mark

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 George III, 1784 Sovereign head: duty mark George III, 1795 Sovereign head: duty mark George IV, 1822 Sovereign head: duty mark George IV, 1825 Sovereign head: duty mark William IV, 1835 Sovereign head: duty mark Victoria, 1838


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