Since the date letter has become optional but the other three symbols remain compulsory. The symbols give the following information:. This is the unique mark of the company or person responsible for sending the article for hallmarking. The sponsor may be the manufacturer, importer, wholesaler, retailer or an individual. This shows the fineness of the metal — ie purity of the precious metal content in parts per in relation to the standard recognised in the UK. For example parts per by weight is equivalent to the old 18 carat gold standard.
BRITISH ELECTROPLATE SILVER AND SILVER PLATE MARKS
English electroplate and silver plate: marks and hallmarks of Sheffield makers TA-UZ
Hallmarks have been used in England and France as indicators of the purity or quality of precious metal items since the 14th century, and most other European countries use hallmarks as well. Gold hallmarks guarantee the gold content of jewelry, and the hallmark on your antique jewelry item can also can give an authentication expert clues about the country of its origin and date of manufacture. Online or print resources may be used to identify the many specific hallmarks, but to begin with it is important to understand where the marks come from, what they mean and what they include. National law in most countries requires gold jewelry to be marked with its karatage or fineness. In other countries, the law requires that all jewelry is tested assayed by an independent third party, usually an accredited Assay Office, which in most cases guarantees its mark by law.
Trace a Hallmark
The marks shown below are the primary company marks used by Hall China, to present, primarily on collectible dinnerware, teapots and accessories. Marks from are not included because those marks are mainly on earthenware's, not Hall's later craze-proof pottery. Please keep in mind that these are the general marks. There are many variations which could include pattern names, line names, private labels, copyright and trademark symbols and other additions or deletions.
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