Metals

Silver Hallmarks :: SHEFFIELD, England (1773 – Present)

SHEFFIELD, England (1773 – Present)
THE SHEFFIELD ASSAY OFFICE
Sheffield Assay Office
Guardians’ Hall
137 Portobello Street
SheffieldS1 4D S
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 275 5111
Facsimile: +44 (0) 114 275 6473

There has been an Assay Office in Sheffield since 1773 when local silversmiths, who resented the inconvenience of having to send their wares Read more

Silver Hallmarks :: NEWCASTLE, England (1702 – 1884)

NEWCASTLE, England (1702 – 1884)
Newcastle (closed 1884)

From 1248 Newcastle was an important enough town to support a number of goldsmiths. Goldsmiths are craftsmen working in precious metals, and they made objects such as snuff boxes, church chalices and coffee pots in both silver and gold. In the 18th century, Read more

Hallmarking. What is it and why do it?

To be sold as Silver or any other precious metal, all finished items must undergo tests carried out by the assay office. There are four Assay offices in the UK (London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh) and each undertakes tests to ascertain the precise metal content of the items delivered Read more

History of Silver

Seolfor in old Anglo Saxon. The metal with the highest thermal and electrical conductivity of all, not to mention being the most reflective of metals, silver is a special material in many different ways.
Our word for silver comes from the Germanic roots of many older English words. The name Read more

Silver Hallmarks :: LONDON, England (1300 – Present)

LONDON, England (1300 – Present)
THE LONDON ASSAY OFFICE
London Assay Office
Goldsmiths’ Hall
Gutter Lane
London EC2V 8AQ
Telephone 020 7606 8975
the.library@thegoldsmiths.co.uk
Throughout the nineteenth century (and still today), every British-made silver object offered for sale was required to bear four marks struck into the metal in a conspicuous place. One, the sterling Read more

Silver Hallmarks :: GLASGOW, Scotland (1681 – 1964)

GLASGOW, Scotland (1681 – 1964)
SCOTTISH PROVINCIAL SILVER
The characteristic traits of a people are reflected in the quality of their art, and so it is with the history of the early Scotch silversmiths. The austerity and simple tastes of the Scotchman are brought to notice by the work of the Read more

Silver Hallmarks :: EXETER, England (1701 – 1883)

EXETER, England (1701 – 1883)
Exeter (closed 1883)

TABLE OF EXETER DATE LETTERS • 1701 – 1883
City of Exeter – 1833, Sterling, Reign of William IV, Maker – Robert Williams

Exeter Date Letters • 1701 – 1882
The shape of the shield cartouche around the City Mark and Standard Mark generally change Read more

Silver Hallmarks :: EDINBURUGH, Scotland (1681 – 1974)

EDINBURUGH, Scotland (1681 – 1974)
THE SCOTTISH ASSAY OFFICE
Edinburgh Assay Office
Goldsmiths’ Hall
24 Broughton Street
Telephone 0131 556 1144
mail@assay-office.co.uk
The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh was established at an unknown date in the mid-fifteenth century and is today the oldest consumer protection group in Scotland. It is believed to Read more

Silver Hallmarks :: DUBLIN, Ireland (1636 – Present)

DUBLIN, Ireland (1636 – Present)

Dublin Assay Office
Dublin Castle
Dublin2
Telephone 00 3531 475 1286
Hallmark@assay.ie

TABLE OF DUBLIN DATE LETTERS • 1700 – 1920
City of Dublin – 1820, Maker – James England

Dublin Date Letters • 1700 – 1920
The shape of the shield cartouche around the City Mark and Standard Mark generally change Read more