Antique silver dating marks

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The marks or more correctly 'stamps' found on most jewellery these days are not Hallmarks, they are simply indicators of the purity of the metal used in the making of the jewellery.For Sterling Silver the items are stamped either '925' or '.925' representing the 92.5% silver content which is the standard for Sterling Silver.For Gold the stamps will ne '9ct', '10ct', '18ct' or '24ct' indicating the purity or 'fineness' of gold in the jewellery.Hallmarks originally were the 'signatures' of the Silversmith or Goldsmith who made the item, a method of attributing credit to the artisan and also as accreditation as the to intrinsic value of the piece.With much jewellery mass produced these days it is inappropriate to include signatures of the maker, i.e. Below are two articles relating to Hallmarks from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, one of which is specific to Silver Hallmarks - text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License A sterling silver object that is to be sold commercially is, in most countries, stamped with one or more silver hallmarks indicating the purity of the silver, the mark of the manufacturer or silversmith, and other (optional) markings to indicate date of manufacture and additional information about the piece.

These four nations have, historically, provided a wealth of information about a piece through their series of applied punches: London assay office hallmarks on the back of a waiter, or small square salver.Marks indicate it is Britannia gauge silver made by (or for) Paul de Lamerie (taken to or) in London and dated 1732 (it could have been made a year or two earlier than 1732).The French assay mark for sterling silver is the head of the goddess Minerva.In fact, the French standard for sterling silver is higher than that of other nations, requiring a silver content of 950 parts per thousand, or 95% silver.Silver items with a slightly lower grade of silver, 800 parts per thousand, are marked with the head of Minerva, next to which is a "2".

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