British hallmarks for gold, platinum and silver the assay office marks of member countries of the convention are illustrated opposite edinburgh the assay. Home anatomy of a hallmark sponsor's or makers mark common control marks the assay office marks for gold would be in a square shield with chamfered. His marks are noted on the 'live' customer database of the edinburgh assay office which is not accessible to the public i remember many hundreds of these silver crosses being hallmarked in time for the millennium. Scottish antique sterling silver serving spoon, hallmarked from edinburgh in 1768, the makers mark is possibly james hewittexcellent condition with wonderful. These are designed and made by me, and have been hallmarked, with my owner makers mark, at edinburgh assay office collect from edinburgh or posted for £750 recorded delivery dawa designs shared a post.
Jewelry from the uk contains a series of compulsory and optional jewelry marks set out by the countries' assay offices one of the compulsory marks is the assay office mark, a symbol which indicates the regional office that hallmarked the item: an anchor signifies birmingham, a castle for edinburgh, a leopard's head for london, and a rose. English silver marks maker's mark, identifying the silversmith presenting the piece to the assay office date letter, in cycles of twenty letters of the alphabet. There are four assay offices still in operation in the uk: london, birmingham, edinburgh and sheffield the goldsmiths' company assay office is the london hallmark - our town mark is the leopard's head. Clogau hallmarks, sponsor's mark and stamps : assay office hallmark since 2004, each piece of clogau jewellery is tested and marked by the edinburgh assay office.
The edinburgh assay office was a scottish thistle, the authorised in 1773, never struck the leopard's head hallmarks & makers' mark - in 1544 a lion passant was. Edinburgh assay office - uk hallmarking services the highest quality service jewellery and precious metal hallmarks laboratory testing & analysis of platinum, gold, palladium and silver. The sterling mark (thistle) for the edinburgh assay office was change in the lion rampant since 1999 some more changes have been introduced: the sterling mark (lion passant) was adopted by all the assay offices (including edinburgh, instead of the lion rampant.
Much of scottish provincial silver was originally sold illegally, as, from 1784, all silver was supposed to be sent to the assay office at edinburgh there the standard of silver would be checked and the duty, of 6d an ounce, paid to the government. I specialise in sterling silver and semi-precious stones my jewellery is handcrafted & designed by myself all my jewellery is hallmarked at the edinburgh assay office along with my makers mark. Established makers such as malcolm appleby, adrian hope and michael lloyd assay master's personal mark (the edinburgh assay office still operates today and. Handmade in edinburgh and hallmarked with the is emt, the fineness mark which 999 for pure silver, assay office mark which a castle for maker's mark - still.
Scottish legends & silver hallmarks rampant mark from 1819 till the closure of the assay office in 1964 of a maker's mark and the town name are for. References sterling and coin silver patterns netherlands assay office dutch maker's marks search engine norway: edinburgh assay office the gold smith. The touchstone award, sponsored by the british hallmarking council, is a national award for trading standards in hallmarking scott walter (assay master) edinburgh assay office 24 broughton. Chester assay office was a provincial assay office in chester close to the border with north wales it closed in 1962, the last year letter used was m to denote the final year 1962 edinburgh assay office.
The edinburgh assay office is a private company it is regulated by the government but ultimately it is a private company that is there to make a profit in the last 25 years they have gone from about 10 employees to 40-50. Edinburgh marks, prior to 1759, are interesting as they have an additional assay masters mark (or deacon's mark) that should not be confused with the maker's mark, but in the absence of a date letter can help to date a piece. How to read english / british sterling silver marks the uk thistle mark (edinburgh) compulsory marks are the assay office mark, the sponsor's or maker's mark. As it now stands, the compulsory part of the uk hallmark consists of the sponsor or maker's mark, the assay office mark, and the standard of fineness (in this case silver, 925 parts in 1000) the french hallmarks 1798-1972.
Assay marks indicate the location of the assay office that authenticated the purity and struck the object with their mark today, assay offices are in london, birmingham, sheffield and edinburgh, but there was a chester office until 1962. Or via drop-down list: | home . Maker's mark, identifying the silversmith presenting the piece to the assay office (usually the initials of christian name and surname of the silversmith) date letter, in cycles of twenty letters of the alphabet of different shape identifies the year in which the piece was verified by the assay office.