Tiffany Silver Flatware, 1845 — 1905: When Dining Was an Art. I will try to e-mail a photo. Directory of Hallmarks Sequences of historical marks for the following offices can be viewed through the links below reproduced courtesy of the British Hallmarking Council. From my initial email the whole experience has been unbelievably smooth and stress free. If you can take a good, close-up picture of it and send it to my email at dlcassame yahoo. Several examples of new molded marks are shown next to the original stamped marks in Figs.
Nine examples of country marks are shown here. Without seeing it, it is hard for me to say for sure, but it is American silverplate. Learn to know good work by its shape, feel, and construction. It came from a fine old estate and is an exquisite necklace and matching earrings. I took it to a local silversmith who can do restoration and appraisals but because they were unfamiliar with these specific markings I am holding off. In Scotland the craft was theoretically supervised by the Edinburgh Goldsmiths' Incorporation, but in practice its influence outside the capital was limited and a plethora di unofficial was created.
Without marks, I can't tell you anything definitive. Armed with that knowledge, you can search for your pieces on eBay or look at the values on Replacements. Please see below for the Date Letter Mark. They have beautiful red, navy, light blue, green and cream enamel on the backs of the bowls, which is in great shape. In fact the vast majority of mass produced silver reproductions today, whether made in Thailand, India, England, Europe or America, now include 925 in the mark. I would highly recommend his services.
Furthermore, the symbol for Sheffield is a crown, not a rose. The 925 standard mark was very rarely used in vintage American silver. The scales control mark, in Fig. Please see the photo below for a typical dutch hallmark. If a piece is not American, refer to the sources abut English or Continental silver. As a general rule, for example, marks on Tiffany silver include an order number and a pattern number.
Maybe it was a wedding gift, and the initials are that of the bride and groom? The most well-known of these is the mark of Gorham Manufacturing Co. Value is determined by a number of factors. I can't find another set that looks like these. If you could send me a picture please take a good close-up to make the symbols more clear and send it to me. Base metal articles plated with a thin coat of gold or silver are indistinguishable from the same articles made wholly of precious metal until subjected to expert testing. The golfer match safe shown here Fig. In reality the was a standard mark and its use applied to all goldsmiths throughout the land.
I would not hesitate to recommend Mark to anybody wanting to sell a valuable whiskey item and based on my experience would imagine he would offer a brilliant service for other antique items. An assay office was legally established in 1814, and marks were placed on all silver sold. From pharaohs, Roman emperors and continuing today, fineness, or standard marks, have been used to guarantee minimum amounts of precious metal in relation to non-precious metal. My parents got it in London at an antique shop in the 70s. It gives the collector and dealer who understands them, specific permanent marks to establish firm dates of production. The last of those markings is puzzling to me.
You can also look around at local antique stores. The mark used was a profile portrait of the reigning monarch's head. Typical hallmarks take the form of animals, geometric shapes or letters. European Marks Since 1972 the United Kingdom has been a signatory to the International Convention on Hallmarks. Send me a picture of your hallmark.