MEXICO STERLING SILVER AND SILVERPLATE MARKS

MARKS AND HALLMARKS OF MEXICAN SILVER MAKERS
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AN INTRODUCTION TO MEXICO SILVER MARKING
In the first half of the 20th century silver items manufactured in Mexico were marked simply "silver" or "sterling". Usually a location (Mexico or a town name) and silver fineness (925, 925/1000, 950, 980) was included.
In 1948 the Government of Mexico promoted the reintroduction of the "eagle mark" to identify the manufacturers of silver items. The "eagle" was stamped with a number associated to a silver manufacturing company. This system was unsuccessful, eagle stamps were misused or "loaned" to more than one artist of maker and was abandoned in the 1980s. It was substituted by the "letter and number" system adopted circa 1980 and still in use.
In the "Letter and number" system a letter identifies a location (T for Taxco, M for Mexico City, G for Guadalajara and C for Cuernavaca), the second letter is the first letter of an individual's first or last name of the maker. The number is the number of registration of the maker.
From left to right: early Mexican mark (before 1948), eagle mark (1948-c.1980), "letter and number" mark (c.1980-present).
Alongside EAGLE and STERLING, the most frequently marks present on Mexican silver are HECHO EN MEXICO, MEXICO, TAXCO, PLATA, SILVER and fineness numbers as 925, 0.925, 980, 0.900, 950, 940


early Mexican mark (before 1948) Plateria FarFan: eagle 13 mark (1948 - c.1980) maker TA - 16 in use after c. 1980
MEXICO STERLING AND SILVERPLATE MAKERS: I - L
A - C    D - H    I - L    M - O    PA - PI    PL - Q    R -S    T - Z   
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Mexico silversmith: IMSA unidentified Mexico silversmith: IMSA unidentified
IMSA
unidentified
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JANNA
see Janna THOMAS DE VELARDE
JGP unidentified
JGP - Distrito Federal
unidentified
JJC unidentified
JJC Eagle 3
unidentified
JLF
see Jose Luis FLORES
JLR intertwined
see Juventino Lopez REYES
JMS
see José MARMOLEJO
Mexico silversmith: Joyeria Milton Mexico silversmith: Joyeria Milton
JOYERIA MILTON
Two shops and factory in Mexico City, Juarez 48. Eagle number 1
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Mexico silver mark: La Cucaracha Mexico silver mark: La Cucaracha
LA CUCARACHA
A store active c. 1930 - c.1950
LAFAYETTE (or LA FAYETTA)
LAFAYETTE (or, possibly, LA FAYETTA)
A holloware and novelties manufacturer
La Perla
LA PERLA
Active in Mexico City since the 1930s
Mexico silver mark: Enrique Ledesma Mexico silver mark: Enrique Ledesma
Enrique LEDESMA
Worked for Spratling Aguilar Los Castillo. Opened workshop in Taxco c. 1950. Ledesma died in 1979
Lilyan
LILYAN
Active in Mexico City. Eagle number 30
LICO
LICO
Gerardo Lopez Gerardo Lopez Gerardo Lopez
GERARDO LOPEZ
Active in Taxco
P. Lopez G.: eagle 1 P. Lopez G.: eagle 1 Mexico silversmith: P. Lopez G.
P. LOPEZ G.
Los Ballesteros: silversmith MM.34 Los Ballesteros for Lunt Silversmiths: eagle 42
LOS BALLESTEROS
Jalil Majul Ballesteros began a family jewelry business in Iguala as Talleres de Los Ballesteros about 1937 after training with his father. In 1941, they moved to Taxco and the company became known as Talleres de Los Ballesteros. The company is still in operation, with several shop locations in Mexico
Los Castillo Los Castillo Los Castillo
LOS CASTILLO
Firm established in 1939 in Taxco by Antonio Castillo.
Mexico silver mark: LOUVRE Mexico silver mark: LOUVRE Mexico silver mark: LOUVRE Mexico silver mark: LOUVRE
LOUVRE
A silver shop in Mexico City
Luella: eagle 1
LUELLA
A silver shop located in Mexico City
LUNT Silversmiths: eagle 20 Los Ballesteros for Lunt Silversmiths: eagle 42 TANE for Lunt Silversmiths: Eagle 71
LUNT SILVERSMITHS
Items made by Mexican silvermiths for American company Lunt Silversmiths
AMERICAN STERLING SILVER Aa An Ba Bi Ca Co Da Du E Fa Fo Ga Gi Ha Hi
MAKER MARKS I-J K La Li M N O P-Q Ra Ro Sa Si T-U-V Wa Wh-X-Y-Z

AMERICAN MAKERS Aa Am Ba Bi C D E F G H I - J - K L Ma
SILVER PLATE MARKS Mi N O P Q Ra Ro Sa Sm T U-V Wa We-X-Y-Z

STERLING SILVER OF ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND IRELAND
ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF
MAKER'S MARKS
AA
AE
AF
AZ
BA
BZ
CA
CH
CK
CZ
DA
DZ
EA
EZ
FA
FZ
GA
GZ
HA
HG
HH
HZ
IA
IG
IH
IZ
JA
JC
JD
JH
JJ
JP
JQ
JS
ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF
MAKER'S MARKS
JT
JZ
KA
LZ
MA
MZ
NA
PA
PB
PZ
QA
RH
RK
RZ
SA
SG
SH
SZ
TA
TH
TI
TZ
UA
WB
WC
WF
WG
WL
WM
WS
WT
ZZ
Moskow hallmark St Petersburg hallmark official marks - legge 5 Febbraio 1935 Paris 1818/1838 hallmarkParis 1797/1809 hallmark London town mark Sheffield town mark German silver hallmark Hanau silver hallmark Austrian silver hallmark Sanborn/Mexico silver mark Joseph Kopf: Tallinn silver mark
Russia Italy France England UK  Germany  Hanau  Austria  Mexico  Latvia - Estonia
Pelton Bros. Silver Plate Co. hallmarkRogers & Bro. - Waterbury CT hallmark Mappin & Webb hallmarkWalker & Hall hallmark Devices of Old Sheffiel Plate Herrmann factory silver plate mark
American Silver Plate marks English Electroplate silver marks Old Sheffied Plate marks Continental European silver plate marks

Peter Charles Faberge mark Gorham Athenic hallmark International Silver Company mark Georg Jensen hallmark 1945-1951 Kirk & Son mark Meriden Britannia Company mark Reed & Barton mark Rogers Bros mark Tiffany hallmarks Towle Silversmiths mark Wallace Silversmiths mark Wiener Werkstatte monogram WMF hallmarks
Fabergé
Gorham
International Silver Co
Georg Jensen
Kirk Stieff
Meriden Britannia
Reed & Barton
Rogers
Tiffany & Co
Towle
Wallace
Wiener Werkstatte
WMF

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