Dating system for elkington silver plate
When Victoria came to the throne in 1837, the mark was replaced with the Queen's head duty mark which always faces left. Go to the appropriate section in Bradburys for the given town.Look for a matching date letter with or without the duty mark as needed.This pocket sized reference contains all of the marks that one is likely to encounter on a regular basis.Armed with this book, the process of reading these marks can be split into the 5 simple steps shown below.The metal is tested and marked at special offices, regulated by the government, known as assay offices.Only metal of the required standard will be marked.You don’t need to memorise these marks because they are in Bradburys book of hallmarks.
If you can find one of these marks, then you know that the item is British silver and you can move onto stage 2.Victorian fine quality heavy gauge silver plate Christening or child's cutlery set made by Thomas Harwood and Co., and complete with the original fitted case. Case is 8 inches long by 3 inches wide by 1.25 inches deep. Appearing to never have been used, this is a lovely set in very good condition.The stems are finely engraved with grapes and vines, and are fitted into the original Victorian leather case with silk and velvet interior. Serpentine Antiques at The Antiques Warehouse Badshot Farm St.Fortunately, with the use of a single reference book, it is possible for even a complete novice to decipher the vast majority.Although there are many books on the market which can be used to help read hallmarks, the standard book of reference, used by dealers and collectors world wide is Bradbury's Book of Hallmarks.