Espresso British English

A typical set of antique British silver hallmarks showing (left to right);1.Standard Mark, 2.City Mark, 3.Date Letter, 4.Duty Mark and 5.Maker's Mark This set of marks tells us that this piece was made of Sterling, in the city of London, in the year 1789, during the reign of King George III, by the silversmith Thomas Wallis.{note - British hallmarks come in sets, the rule of thumb is, if you do not have a complete set including:Standard mark, city mark, date letter and maker's mark [+ a duty mark if 1785-1890],the item is either from another country or a piece of silverplate with a hallmark-like trademark.}Click here for a comparison of British Silverplate Marks to British Sterling Hallmarks.• • • Reading & Researching British HallmarksThere is a logical progression to reading a set of British hallmarks, following this order espresso british english will save you some time and confusion in your research. 1. Establish that it has one of the Silver Standard Marks, if not it is likely silverplate or from a different country.2. Locate and identify the City Mark.3. Note whether it has a sovereign's head Duty Mark - or not. The sovereign's head, or lack thereof, will narrow the date range.4. Having identified the city mark, click on the link to its date chart and find your Date Letter.5. Identify the Maker's Mark, they are listed by city and in alphabetical order by the first initial.