Dating sterling silver tea set patterns

An approximate date can be determined by examining: - the style of the object - the presence or absence of the crown (before or after c. 1896)- the date of registration of the pattern at the Patent Office - the presence of a dated dedication - the date of the event (example: King/Queen Coronation or Jubilee commemorative spoons) - "Ltd" or "Ld" on the mark denotes a date after 1861 (but in most cases not before 1890) - a registered number (Rd followed by a number) denotes a date after 1883 - "England" denotes a date after 1891 (mandatory for export in the USA - Mc Kinley Tariff Act of 1890-) - "Made in England" denotes a 20th century date (mandatory after 1921 for export in the USA) The largest manufacturers introduced, on a voluntary basis, a dating system of their silver plate based on series of letters of various style contained into shields or geometric figures. Dixon & Sons Dobson & Sons Eley family Elkington & Co Emes family Fattorini & Sons Fox family Garrard & Co S. SITE MAP HOME PAGEFrom centuries British silver is protected by the stamping of symbols and letters identifying the maker, the Assay Office and the date in which the quality of the silver piece was verified.

The best-known initiative is the prohibition (effective from c. Assuming that date letter "tau" refers to 1903, the series lasted from c. Series used in the 1910s as: - lowercase Gothic "m" seen on the blade of a knife with sterling silver handle hallmarked Sheffield 1911The mark below bearing "u" gothic mark suggests an early 20th century date, but presents the following anomalies: - the W&H is written in gothic characters; - the "flag" is missing - there is a "crown" over EP into a shield, but the use of this symbol in silverplate ware was forbidden by Sheffield Assay Office c. The letter date "J" was found on a mug bearing a measure mark dated 1958 Adie & Lovekin Angell Family Asprey & Co Atkin Brothers Barker Brothers E. 1895 (Elkington itself deleted the crown from its mark in 1898). Vander Wakely & Wheeler Walker & Hall D&J Wellby Ltd West & Son H. Silver Dictionary' 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 ... Woodward & Co MARKS' IMAGES: A&/AC AD/AK AL/AZ B&/BB BC/BO BP/BZ C&/CA CB/CC CD/CF CG/CL CM/CS CT/CZ D&/DB DC/DL DM/DZ E&/EA EB/ED EE/EH EI/EO EP/EZ F&/FD FE/FJ FK/FZ G&/GB GC/GG GH/GL GM/GR GS/GZ H&/H& HA/HB HC/HE HF/HL HM/HU HV/HZ I&/IG IH/IL IM/IZ J&/JA JB/JC JD/JG JH/JK JL/JQ JR/JR JS/JS JT/JZ KA/KZ L&/LB LC/LZ M&/MB MC/MI MJ/MZ N&/NZ OA/OZ P&/PK PL/PZ QA/QZ R&/RB RC/RG RH/RK RL/RQ RR/RZ S&/SB SC/SI SJ/SR SS/SZ T&/TC TD/TG TH/TN TO/TS TT/TZ UA/UZ V&/VZ W&/WA WB/WB WC/WC WD/WE WF/WG WH/WL WM/WM WN/WR WS/WS WT/XZ YA/YZ ZA/ZZ This is a page of 'The What is?

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