Dating birmingham silver
It also shows an “h” date letter mark on an 18 carat gold watch case for the same hallmarking year 1883 to 1884.Click on the letter you want to date or on a date letter cycle.
I don’t make any attempt here to cover manufacturer’s trade marks, of which there are thousands.
The mark was never intended to show who made an item; there was no requirement for a sponsor to be involved in any way in the manufacture of an item submitted for hallmarking and there has never been a requirement for the assay offices to know who actually made an item. See all the main dated hallmarks from the uk since 1678.
This change was accompanied by two further developments.
Antique silver hallmarks have been used to control the quality of goods made of silver since the 14th century and the organisation that regulates the craft, Goldsmiths Hall, gave the world the term hallmark.