Silver hallmark dating
So if you have any silver you would like identified and value please get in touch.
The first step in learning how to read a hallmark is to locate your marks.
Now you know your item is made of sterling silver you can look for the town mark.
The first mark (the crowned Leopard’s head) was introduced in 1300 and was applied by the goldsmiths.
In 1327 the first guild was established and silver was then tested and marked at the guild halls, hence, hallmarks.
This identifies where your item was made and correct attribution is crucial for the next steps. In our example the town mark is in the form of a Leopards head.
This means we will need to turn to the London section in our hallmark guide for the next step.