Metals

Spratling Silver and Hallmarks

 

WILLIAM SPRATLING, an innovative and talented designer of Mexican jewelry, silver hollowware, tin, copper, and furniture, demonstrated his appreciation for, and sensitivity to the early cultures of Mexico. He established a model for the artistic development and growth of the silver industry in Taxco and well deserved the title “Father of Contemporary Mexican Read more

Mexican Silver Hallmarks & Makers

Above is a sampling of Mexican silver purity marks ranging from the ca.1900 to the early 1970’s. The “Mexico Silver” or “Silver Made in Mexico” are seen on pieces from the 1920’s through mid 1940’s, their silver standard varies, but is commonly above .925 purity.
The following number marks indicate Read more

Italian Silver Hallmarks & Makers

HALLMARKS OF ITALIAN SILVER
(LATE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURY)
This is a brief history and a selection of Italian silver hallmarks from 1870 to present days.
The documentation about this period of Italian silversmithing is extremely scarce and difficult to find.
The objective of this page is to offer an introduction to this Read more

Illustrated Silver Glossary

Acanthus – A Mediterranean plant having large spiny leaves. Stylized designs of its leaf have been popular in silver work since the classical era.

Alloy – A mixture of two or more metals accomplished in a molten state. Alloys are formulated to increase desired properties. Fine silver (.999) is too soft and Read more

What Are ‘Touchmarks’ on Pewter?

These are the most important marks to be found on pewter. ‘Touch marks’ or ‘touches’ as they are known are the maker’s marks and take their name from official ‘touch plates’ on which they were stamped when being registered at Pewterers’ Hall.The earliest touch plates dated from the beginning Read more

Pewterers’ Marks

Pewterers’ marks fall into five broad categories: touch marks, hallmarks, quality marks, labels and catalogue numbers. Below is an example of the marks of a pewterer who used four of these five types of marks (touch mark, hallmark, quality mark and a label).
For most pewter, the best guide to Read more

Non British or Irish Pewter

Most Collectors tend to have a preference for British & Irish pewter but most will extend this interest and have somewhere in their collections one or more items from Europe or America.
European
Pewterwares were made in virtually all European countries, especially in the north, and examples will be found throughout Read more

Pewter Marks II

Pewter is frequently found without a single mark, top, bottom, inside or out.

Much is laden with a wide variety of intriguing numbers, letters, words, and symbols that provides clues to maker, age, origin, and use. The following is an introduction to British pewter marks with references for pewter marks Read more

Pewter 20th Century

There are lots of examples of pewter wares from this period around. Few families have not had in their cupboards at one time or another beer mugs or parts of a pre-war pewter tea service. Many of these are good quality and aesthetically pleasing; however, the variety is limited Read more