Metals

Hallmarks & Silversmiths of Sweden

Swedish silver is usually marked with quite a few hallmarks that documents the origin of the object and dates it. This article will give the basic principles for reading these hallmarks.
The hallmarks on this photo are found on a bracelet designed by Theresia Hvorslev. It was made for the Read more

French Silver Hallmarks & Makers

Pictured: Pair of candlesticks, 1690–92
French; Paris
Silver Each H. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm)
Bequest of Catherine D. Wentworth, 1948 (48.187.249,.250)
Silver has always held an exalted position within the decorative arts. The fact that it is a precious metal distinguishes it from other media such as porcelain, wood, and glass, which Read more

Dutch Silver Hallmarks & Makers

Date Code Marks on Netherlands Silver
Examples of Dutch Hallmarks

Hallmarking
A – Silver guild marks used in some 35 of the larger towns and cities the Netherlands in the 17th and 18th Centuries. This system remained in use until the time of the French occupation (1798-1809)and the dismantling the guilds in Read more

Comparison of British Silverplate Marks to British Sterling Hallmarks

Here is a comparison of British Silverplate Marks to British Sterling Hallmarks:
BRITISH SILVERPLATE MARKS

STANDARD MARKS

The Standard mark indicates the purity of the silver.
A – Sterling .925
B – Britannia .958, used exclusively 1697 – 1720, optional afterwards.
C – Sterling .925 for Glasgow
D – Sterling .925 for Edinburgh
E – Sterling .925 Read more

China Trade Silver A little-known cargo in early US-China trade

China’s accession to the World Trade Organization and the global shift in sourcing have catapulted that country’s standing among trading nations. China’s exports of consumer and industrial goods to the United States are widely recognized for their quality, and their value approaches $300 billion annually (2006).
A CHINESE EXPORT SILVER Read more

Changes to the Hallmarking Act

The Law – Current Hallmarking Legislation
This statute is reproduced with the kind permission of Westlaw UK.
Please check available services to see if this statute has been amended.
Nowhere else in the world are consumers more highly protected than in the UK. The UK is one of only a few countries Read more

British Sterling Silver Hallmarks

Many people ask about the silver hallmarks that are located on sterling silver flatware, tea sets, and hollowware.
Buying a piece of antique silver can be quite a daunting exercise, especially if it is an expensive piece. However if the guidelines in this article are followed then the buyer will Read more

British Silver Decorative Styles

Rococo
The rococo is now generally regarded as one of Frances most original and delightful contributions to the Arts. It is hard to believe the antagonism it provoked in contemporary critics. By the early 1720s the first hint of Rococo could be seen in England. It was a complete change Read more

Silver Hallmarks :: YORK, England (1560 – 1858)

YORK, England (1560 – 1858)
Goldsmiths have been recorded working in York as early as 1270. It was granted it’s own Assay Office by the act of 1423 when the town mark of half leopard’s head/half fleur-de-lys was instituted. The date letter was introduced in 1560, and between 1632 and Read more