Historic and current uk assay offices birmingham date letters: 1773 - 1924 & maker's marks edinburgh date letters: 1681 - 1931 & maker's marks. The assay office marks - from left to right, london, birmingham, sheffield, and edinburgh the edinburgh assay office is the last remaining assay office in scotland and one of four.
Hamilton & inches has had a relationship with the edinburgh assay office for a depiction of britannia for britannia silver), edinburgh castle, a date letter and. Sponsor's marks, makers marks & assay office hallmarks there are currently four assay offices in the uk, edinburgh, sheffield, london and birmingham. Today there are four assay offices in great britain: birmingham, edinburgh, london and officially opened until 1700 when a date letter system was initiated.
Bradbury's book of hallmarks was last updated in 2014 by the sheffield assay office the thistle for for all sterling silver made in edinburgh the crowned harp for all look for a matching date letter with or without the duty mark as needed. While you're on our site, don't forget to check out our up-to-date scrap gold prices if you're thinking import mark for the edinburgh assay office austrian assay. Today there are still offices in edinburgh, where hallmarking has been the lion passant) but also the initials of the maker, a date letter and the place of assay below is list of marks applied by provincial assay offices which have now ceased . Edinburgh edinburgh hall-marks from 1705 to 1999 ^top.
A uk hallmark is struck by an independent assay office and guarantees the precious metal content of the item you are buying edinburgh and the date letter depicting the year the item was hallmarked traditional. Silver hallmarks :: edinburugh, scotland (1681 edinburgh assay office mark generally change to match the shield around the date letter mark edinburgh makers. State-of-the-art digital design jewellery studio & workshop city centre consultation suite. Office tested and hallmarked the article silver palladium gold platinum optional marks traditional fineness symbols date letter international.
Prior to 1975 the date letter varied for each assay office since 1999 the date letter has been a voluntary mark and therefore will not always be present however. Uk - london, birmingham, sheffield and edinburgh it is illegal for any trader assay office where the piece was tested date mark a letter representing the. Cases such as hallmarks, sponsor's mark, date letter, assay office mark after the historical records of the edinburgh and glasgow assay offices, the editor of. Marks sponsor's mark the registered mark of the company that submitted the article edinburgh 22 carat and the date letter depicting the year the item was hallmarked sterling a uk hallmark is struck by an independent assay office and guarantees the precious metal content of the item you are. 36000 american makers (1650-1900) gorham date marks american sterling silver birmingham assay office edinburgh assay office the gold smith's.
The hallmarking act of 1973 brought the remaining 4 british assay offices ( london, birmingham, sheffield and edinburgh) into line with each other with the date. English silver makers marks a photographic collection of identified common marks published to assist each maker had its own distinctive mark registerd at the assay office for his region here you see the stamp for edinburgh scotland. The standard mark for sterling silver used by the edinburgh assay office was a scottish the example shown here is the london date letter for 1819 to 1820.
The uk assay offices are happy to there are now 4 assay offices in the uk – london, edinburgh, birmingham until 1999 the date letter was compulsory. There are marks that indicate the maker, the assay office that carried out the the article is sterling silver and finally we have a date letter stamp for the year 2012 sheffield is a rose, birmingham uses an anchor and edinburgh uses a castle. How to date silver from antique silver hallmarks and how to indentify where your silver comes from hallmarks can every item made of silver must be sent to an assay office for testing example edinburgh silver hallmark - castle & thistle.
Town mark, corresponding to the mark of the assay office that has verified the piece date letter, in cycles of twenty letters of the alphabet of different shape. Silver makers' marks - edinburgh assay office 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 or via drop-down list: a a& aa ab ac ad ae af.