Question: What does it mean to have British Hallmark on silver?

The hallmarks on a piece of antique British silver typically signify (from left to right): the maker, the purity, the assay office, the date it was assayed and the duty mark (for items from 1784 to 1890). Silver hallmarks are a form of regulation and consumer protection dating back 700 years.

How can I identify silver English hallmarks?

READING BRITISH SILVER HALLMARKSSTEP 1 - LOOK FOR THE STANDARD MARK. There are 5 standard marks found on British Silver. STEP 2 - LOOK FOR THE TOWN MARK. STEP 3 - LOOK FOR THE DUTY MARK. STEP 4 - LOOK FOR THE DATE LETTER. STEP 5 - LOOK FOR THE MAKERS MARK.

What is the English hallmark for sterling silver?

Lion Passant A stamp indicating the purity of the silver is called the assayers mark. The mark for silver meeting the sterling standard of purity is the Lion Passant, but there have been other variations over the years, most notably the mark indicating Britannia purity.

What is a British hallmark?

The British hallmarking system has been substantially modified in 1999. Compulsory marks are the Assay Office mark, the sponsors or makers mark (at least two letters within a shield) and the Metal and fineness mark (purity in millesimal number).

Does silver have to be hallmarked UK?

It is therefore a legal requirement to hallmark all articles consisting of silver, palladium, gold or platinum (subject to certain exemptions) if they are to be described as such. The main offence under the UK Hallmarking Act 1973 is based on description.

Can I hallmark my own silver?

You can stamp your own work with a 925 stamp to say that it is made from sterling silver. However this does not act as a hallmark and hallmarking rules stated above still apply. You can only use a 925 stamp if your design uses genuine sterling silver.

Can I sell silver without a hallmark?

In fact, the Hallmarking Act 1973 makes it impossible to legally market your precious metal goods (of a certain quality) without hallmarks.

How much does it cost to register a hallmark?

A ten year registration fee costs £72 (including VAT) and is renewable after 10 years. This fee includes free laser set up for standard designs. Should you wish to purchase a punch so you can have your hallmark applied by hand this costs an additional £85-90 per punch (depending on quantity of initials requested).

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