Dating system for elkington silver plate
There are simply too many maker's marks for a pocket guide to include, and so to find the maker one needs to refer to a variety of large reference books.
Most people would need to rely on the dealer or auction room from which the item was bought to identify the maker. with those simple steps, you can quite easily decipher the hallmarks on any piece of British silver made in the last 500 years.
If you can't see any of these 5 marks, the chances are that the item is either not British or is silverplated.
If you can find one of these marks, then you know that the item is British silver and you can move onto stage 2.
The King's head duty mark was first struck in 1784.
So, although, only 20 letters are used, it is possible to know exactly which year that particular combination of font, and shield is referring to.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.This mark has become known as the Incuse Duty Mark.
From 1786 to Victoria's reign, the King's head Duty Mark always faces right and is embossed like all other hallmarks.Fortunately, with the use of a single reference book, it is possible for even a complete novice to decipher the vast majority.