A sterling silver object that is to be sold commercially is, in most countries, stamped with one or more silver hallmarks indicating the purity of the silver, the mark of the manufacturer or silversmith, and other optional markings to indicate date of manufacture and additional information about the piece. In some countries, the testing of silver objects and marking of purity is controlled by a national assayer's office. Hallmarks are applied with a hammer and punch, a process that leaves sharp edges and spurs of metal. Therefore, hallmarking is generally done before the piece goes for its final polishing. Finding hallmarks on jewellery is not as easy as on silverware due to the small size of most jewelry items. Earrings are a good example, if stamping the body of a small delicate earring is likely to damage it then the hallmark is often stamped on the earring hook, or in the case of clip on earrings the stamp will be on the clip or at the back of the clip before the clip is assembled to the earring body.
Hallmarks of German silver of 20th century (from )
Silver jewelry marks are the hallmarks found on silver jewelry to help identify the composition and source of the jewelry. Because Sterling Silver is Resource: The For American silver marks visit this page: American Silver Marks on www.
Dating Antique Silver Hallmarks
Antique silver hallmarks have been used to control the quality of goods made of silver since the 14th century and the organisation that regulates the craft, Goldsmiths Hall, gave the world the term hallmark. This is to ensure it is of the required sterling silver standard and, provided it conforms to a standard, a series of symbols are stamped into each part of the item. Today and for the past few centuries, this stamp or silver hallmark has shown the place and year of manufacture of the assayed silver item, as well as the silversmith who made or sponsored the item. The laws governing silver hallmarking are very strict and if an item does not comply with a standard the item will not be hallmarked and will probably be destroyed.
A teapot made by WMF between and Some WMF items from my collection: first row left a milk can, right a sugar bowl; second row left a tea-glass holder, right a sweet-dish with a glass inset; third row left a creamer, right a coffee-pot with the inscription "Mitropa". David N. After visiting one of such buildings on Ulloi street, , housing the Museum of Applied Arts, I dropped into a small antique shop, situated nearby, and "fell in love" with a gorgeous Art Nouveau item, a silver-plated teapot with a black Ebony handle.