Silver hallmark dating

Curious as to how we determine the dates on many of our pieces?

We are fortunate enough to have obtained a handful of old catalogs and internal documents pertaining to the hallmarksused by the Georg Jensen Silversmithy.

Silver jewelry marks are the hallmarks found on silver jewelry to help identify the composition and source of the jewelry.

Hallmarks are one of the most important factors in identifying antique silver jewelry, flatware, and other items.

These small stamped symbols on the back or underside of silver items can tell you the purity of the silver, the manufacturer of the piece, and sometimes even the date it was made.

You can also use the Pictorial Marks to locate symbols and the Initial Marks to identify initials used by a company when you don’t know the company name.

Note that the database includes marks used on flatware and other silver items, so you may need to search a bit to locate the company you want.

For American silver marks visit this page: American Silver Marks on

To look up a maker’s mark, use the Alphabetical Listing by Maker’s Name by clicking a letter.These tests are carried out only by an Assay Office, of which there are four in the UL – London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh. Gold and silver hallmarks Understanding British or English hallmarking since 1238 Dating Silver by Assay and Fineness marks Quickly decide whether the your object is pre 1975 and its original Assay office.The Hallmarking Act 1973 changed on 1 January 1999 and allows articles of higher and lower standards of fineness to be sold. Consumers may now choose from a much wider range of goods but to continue to benefit from the same level of protection. Using a British Hallmark Guide How to quickly identify gold and Silver hallmarks that you see in car boot sales and markets.To the untrained eye, it can be difficult to tell the difference between sterling silver and silver plate.Because silver is such a soft metal, manufacturers almost never used it alone.Hallmarks are small markings stamped on gold, silver and platinum articles.

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