English silver dating marks

12 Apr

The difficulty lies in the fact that the French never use numbers.

Symbols in the form of animals and heads of animals and people, insects, and birds have been used to indicate fineness, place of manufacture, imports and exports. The most easily recognized and commonly seen French mark is the eagles head, in use since 1838, indicating 18 karat gold. The mark can be found on jewelry in any number of places.

After 1838, a makers mark in a lozenge (diamond shape with four equal sides) was also required on French gold, silver and platinum.

According to Tardy, the lozenge shape itself was introduced in 1797, but it is not clear if there were any regulations about its use at that time.

The most accurate definition of a hallmark is the mark or marks stamped, impressed, or struck on gold, silver, or platinum which indicate fineness or karat (also called quality or purity marks). The most commonly found marks will be discussed here.

In 1912, a special mark for platinum was introduced, a dogs head.Illusionjewels.com: costume jewellery marks An alphabetical list of MAKERS' AND OTHER MARKS ON JEWELLERY, some illustrated. Morning Glory Antiques: Jewel Chat A site about vintage jewellery which includes an alphabetical list of JEWELLERY MAKERS' MARKS. Chicago Silver: Master List of Online Silver and Jewelry Marks A USA produced list of links to other websites, covering the USA in detail as well as the rest of the world.Ag & Au Silver Research A Dutch site about silver marks with a list of other silver mark websites from all over the world.Includes a section on DUTCH SILVER MARKS AND MAKERS' MARKS used by Schoonhoven Silversmiths after 1940.There is also a section on Delft Signatures - helpful for identifying Delft jewellery.