The different hallmarks have been used during different period of time, and combined with our knowledge of silver content and the years of which the designers were active all combines to help us determine the age of an item.
Some of the documents we have included to the side and below.
This applies to hollowware -- such as cups, bowls, teapots, and vases -- too.
The first step in deciphering these marks is to learn what kinds of silver are out there.
Fortunately, with the use of a single reference book, it is possible for even a complete novice to decipher the vast majority.
Although there are many books on the market which can be used to help read hallmarks, the standard book of reference, used by dealers and collectors world wide is Bradbury's Book of Hallmarks.
More accessible research resource materials compiled by the museum have been transferred to the Silver City Public Library's reference collection.
These materials are available for independent research during all open hours of the Silver City Public Library and do not require an appointment.
Materials transferred to the Public Library's reference section include the following: To continue the research necessary for the development of exhibits, programs, and collections, staff and volunteers at the Museum utilize many resources within museum's permanent collection and from a collection of reference materials located at the Silver City Public Library.The museum's extensive permanent collection includes archival materials, historic photographs, historical objects and artifacts.Access and use of these materials is available by appointment with the curator of collections and in accordance with museum policy concerning use, care, and preservation.|HOW TO READ ENGLISH/BRITISH STERLING SILVER MARKS| |DUTY MARKS| |LEOPARD'S HEAD| |LONDON MARKS| |WOMEN SILVERSMITHS| |PSEUDO HALLMARKS| |IMPORT MARKS| |CONTEMPORARY MARKS| |JOURNEYMAN MARKS| |HERALDRY & FAMILY CRESTS| |OLD ADVERTISEMENTS| |FACTORIES & SHOPS: OLD IMAGES| |ARTICLES ON ENGLISH SILVER| The hallmarking of British sterling silver is based on a combination of marks that makes possible the identification of origin and age of each piece.This is a page of A Small Collection of Antique Silver and Objects of vertu, a 1500 pages richly illustrated website offering all you need to know about antique silver, sterling silver, silverplate, Sheffield plate, electroplate silver, silverware, flatware, tea services and tea complements, marks and hallmarks, articles, books, auction catalogs, famous silversmiths (Tiffany, Gorham, Jensen, Elkington), history, oddities ...