What is the assay mark for Glasgow?
Glasgow Town Mark The Glasgow assay office has been marking silver since 1681 but closed in 1964. The mark for Glasgow is a tree with a fish and a bell hanging from it (pictured above).
How do you read silver date letters?
Your silver will have a hallmark called a date letter. This marking will tell you when it was produced. However, the date letters used differ depending on where the silver was assayed. For example, the date letter for 1898 in London is a lowercase c, but in Sheffield, it’s a lowercase f.
Is Scottish silver hallmarked?
Scotland has been marking silver since that of the 15th century.
What does R mean on silver?
The letter “R” is a date indicator. You will have to go to the Encyclopedia of Silver Marks website to look up the mark.
What does D mean on silver?
By 1830 the words COIN, PURE COIN, DOLLAR, STANDARD, PREMIUM, or the letters “C” or “D” were placed on silver to indicate that it was 900 out of 1000 parts silver. The word STERLING was frequently used by 1860. STERLING means that 925 out of 1000 parts are silver.
When did they stop making silver in Glasgow?
As such there is much more Town marked plate than Duty marked by Provincial silversmiths for the period up to 1860. Glasgow (closed 1964) Until 1819 only city mark, date letter and maker’s mark.
What kind of marks are used on Scottish silver?
The marks that were placed on silver assayed here followed the same rules as the English assay offices except for one notable difference; instead of a Lion Passant to indicate the 925 standard they used a Thistle in Edinburgh and a Lion Rampant in Glasgow.
How to date a hallmark on British silver?
Hallmarks on British & Irish Silver. To date your silver from its hallmark first identify the assay office (e.g. anchor for Birmingham, leopard’s head for London, etc.). Then click on the appropriate link below to go to the tables of date letters. If you are unable to identify the assay office from one of the town marks below you may have…
When did the Edinburgh Assay Office start marking silver?
Edinburgh Silver Mark. The Edinburgh assay office has been marking silver since 1681. Ever since its formation the mark for Edinburgh is a three-turreted castle (pictured above). In 1759 the thistle mark was added to signify the 925 standard of the silver.