The history of the silver apple corer

One of the reasons why people specialise in silver is that the study of such is often associated with the object rather than the maker. Whereas some enthusiasts become incredibly focused on Dr Wall period Worcester, or 18th century Meissen Kandler figures, for example, the study of silver is Read more

A Buyer’s Guide to Georg Jensen

It’s little wonder silver is such an attractive collectable – not only does it hold its intrinsic metal value regardless of changes in fashion, but the fact that many pieces are small means storage is relatively easy. Here Ben introduces Georg Jensen, a maker whose distinct style has enduring Read more

The Staffordshire Hoard

A harvest of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver so beautiful it brought tears to the eyes of one expert, has poured out of a Staffordshire field. The largest hoard of gold from the period ever found.
The weapons and helmet decorations, coins and Christian crosses amount to more than 1500 pieces, Read more

Nathaniel Mills (1784-1843)

Nathaniel Mills (1784-1843) – The King of Castle Tops
By Cliff Proctor
If you are fortunate enough to own a slim silver card case which is deeply embossed with an image of a castle or some other important building or monument, and if the initials ‘N.M’ are incorporated within the hallmark Read more

William Spratling 1900-1967

William Spratling was an American-born silver designer and artist, best known for his influence on 20th century Mexican silver design. Spratling was born in 1900 in Sonyea, Livingston County, New York, the son of epileptologist William P. Spratling
Always, our initial reason for looking at hallmarks is so that we 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

Worldwide Hallmarks and Silversmiths

Left ~ 18th Cent. The 13 indicates silver purity, 13/16 lothig or .813, year 1753
Right ~ 19th Cent. until 1886. The letter at top indicates town, A = Vienna, year 1857

Top ~ 1886 – 1922. Diana head mark, number at left indicates silver purity, 3 =.800. Letter on Read more

German Hallmarks & Makers

The crown & crescent are the state mark and are followed by a numeric standard mark and usually a maker’s mark (symbol, initials or full name). Prior to 1884, instead of the crown & crescent, each city had its own symbol and silver purity was sometimes marked on the Read more

Italian silver hallmarks (Late 19th & 20th c)

1 ~ From 1872 – rarely used (an .800 stamp is more common)
2 ~ Fascist period 1934 – 1944
3 ~ 1944 to 1968
4 ~ 1968 to Present
In the last three examples, the number would be registered to an individual maker, the initials represent the region (ie. FI = Firenze)

This Read more