English silver dating marks
Buyers of silver products made in the UK should therefore notice several different hallmarks stamped into the surface of the pieces they are buying.
Hallmarks are required on all pieces of silver and precious metal including jewellery.
Although there are many books on the market which can be used to help read hallmarks, the standard book of reference, used by dealers and collectors world wide is Bradbury's Book of Hallmarks.
English Silver Hall-Marks: Including the Marks of Origin on Scottish & Irish Silver Plate, Gold, Platinum & Sheffield Plate: With 500 of the More Important Makers Marks from 1697-1900 (Dealer Guides) "English Silver Hallmarks..." is a handy and useful guide for both collectors and dealers of electroplated silver, gold and platinum, and Old Sheffield Plate.
British Silver Hallmarks were first introduced in 1327.
After this date, it was an offence to sell any precious metal without the appropriate hallmarks.
It covers also a good deal of Silverplate, Gold and Platinum & Sheefield plate.
The vast majority of English, Scottish and Irish silver produced in the last 500 years is stamped with either 4 or 5 symbols, known as hallmarks.