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MAKER'S MARK IDENTIFICATION - ILLUSTRATED LISTING

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BRITISH SILVERSMITHS
ILLUSTRATED LISTING OF SILVER MAKERS MARKS
U& - VZ
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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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U & H into a rectangle mark, Unite & Hilliard -George Unite & James Hilliard-, Birmingham 1829
U & H into a rectangle
Unite & Hilliard -George Unite & James Hilliard-,
Birmingham 1829 hallmark
V & J mark, Villiers & Jackson, Birmingham beginning 20th century V & J mark, Villiers & Jackson, Birmingham
V & J
Villiers & Jackson,
Birmingham beginning 20th century hallmark


Chester 1904 hallmark
V & S into a rectangle mark, Vaughton & Sons, Birmingham 1911
V & S into a rectangle
Vaughton & Sons,
Birmingham 1911 hallmark
VB over & S into a shield mark, Vale Bros & Sermon , Chester 1901
VB over & S into a shield
Vale Bros & Sermon ,
Chester 1901 hallmark
V.B.V  & Co into three conjoined rectangles mark, V.B. Vickers & Co, Sheffield 1934
V.B.V & Co into three conjoined rectangles
V.B. Vickers & Co,
Sylvester Street, Sheffield
Sheffield 1934 hallmark
VENNING and English pseudo-hallmarks  mark,J.H. Venning, New Brunswick 1850-1877
VENNING and English pseudo-hallmarks
J.H. Venning,
a Canada silversmith
New Brunswick 1850-1877 mark
V over JS V over JS into a trefoil mark, Veronica Jane Shaw (courtesy ASCAS), London 2004
V over JS into a trefoil
Veronica Jane Shaw,
London 2004 hallmark
V.L mark, The Goldsmiths Emporium (Victor Luxenburg), Chester 1909
V.L
The Goldsmiths Emporium (Victor Luxenburg),
Chester 1909 hallmark
VN into a triangle mark, not identified, London 1978
VN into a triangle
not identified (import mark),
London 1978 hallmark
VW without outline  mark, not identified , Birmingham 1917
VW without outline
not identified ,
Birmingham 1917 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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