Antique scottish sterling silver serving spoon by hugh penman, the date letter is rubbed but because he was known to have worked 1734-1785 and the hg assay. Edinburgh date letters assay my tables of edinburgh hallmarks show the deacon's mark and town mark from 1552 until 1681 when the deacon's mark was replaced by. Scottish legends & silver hallmarks times and to bring the reader up-to-date on this subject from 1819 till the closure of the assay office in 1964.
Material: 925 sterling silver - hallmarked at edinburgh assay office engraving (optional) enter the initials and/or date to be engraved in the appropriate box. Sheffield assay office is a popular venue for organisations and groups - both those who already have a special interest in silver and hallmarking and those who appreciate an unusual and memorable day out. To the edinburgh assay office before this date and there is some evidence that it was the same piercing and is dated to c1810 (date letter indecipherable) a.
Signed miracle and hallmarked with ah (a hill & co maker's mark), thistle and castle for edinburgh assay office and small date letter 'n' for 1968-69 5. Nowadays, the assay office usually strikes this mark as well uk / english silversmith directory we have arranged the silversmith hallmark according to the different assay office namely: birmingham, chester, dublin, edinburgh, exeter, glasgow, newcastle, sheffield and york. The date letter was unified for all the survived assay office in the uk (london, birmingham, sheffield and edinburgh), and changed at the beginning of january each year the sterling mark (thistle) for the edinburgh assay office was change in the lion rampant. It has been the town mark for the edinburgh assay office and been required by parliament since 1485 and finally, although no longer compulsory, a date letter has indicated the year of manufacture since 1681.
K lothian and robertson, edinburgh 1746 date letters to 1974 in 1759 the edinburgh assay office begins to use a thistle instead of an assay master's mark. Sheffield assay have a sub-office in malpensa, italy london and edinburgh assay offices are the only two assay offices exclusively striking hallmarks in the uk each silver maker has his or her own, unique maker's mark. The scottish assay office edinburgh assay office table of edinburgh date letters • 1681 - 1931 silver hallmarks :: edinburugh, scotland (1681 - 1974). The date letter in the 18 carat gold watch case is rectangular, which is the correct shape for a london assay office date stamp on 18 and 22 carat gold for letter cycle xxi the shields used by the london assay office around 15, 12 and 9 carat gold date letters during this cycle were round.
Hallmarking a guide to resources for identifying hallmarks and understanding the process of assaying the standard mark, the assay office mark and the date letter. These tests are carried out only by an assay office, of which there are four in the ul - london, birmingham, sheffield and edinburgh the hallmarking act 1973 changed on 1 january 1999 and allows articles of higher and lower standards of fineness to be sold. This edinburgh hallmarked silver tea spoon was made by george c constable the spoon's finial has been engraved the spoon carries a full set of hallmarks including the mark for george, the edinburgh assay office mark and the date letter m for 1818.
14 carat 17th century assay master assay office closed assay office date assay office standard duty mark edinburgh foreign hallmarks and date letters on gold. Date letter mark unless otherwise stated this is the standard mark we apply the full traditional mark: l-r: sponsor's mark, traditional fineness, millesimal fineness, assay office, date letter. Dublin's assay office has been operating since the middle of the 17th century and silver is still marked there a date letter and the place of assay. The edinburgh assay office uses a st andrew's cross instead of a castle (see this argenti inglesi page for more details) scandinavian date letters/hallmarks.
This city has an interesting history with spoons dating from the 16 th century, although the assay office was not officially opened until 1700 when a date letter system was initiated the town mark (a castle with three turrets) looks very similar to that of edinburgh, but can be differentiated by the existence of the lion passant. Note: that under this latest enactment, the date letter is no longer a compulsory part of the hallmark  a legislative reform order (lro) came into law on 8 february 2013 giving uk assay offices the legal right to strike hallmarks outside of uk territory. Today, however, the assay offices open for silver hallmarking are london, birmingham, sheffield, edinburgh, and dublin and their respective marks can be seen here date letter an alphabet cycle was implemented into the antique silver hallmarking system in 1478 with each cycle differentiated by changing font styles and shield shapes.