Silver dating marks

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This applies to hollowware -- such as cups, bowls, teapots, and vases -- too.The first step in deciphering these marks is to learn what kinds of silver are out there.Maybe you’ve just acquired some vintage jewelry from a family member or friend.Or you found some nice vintage jewelry at a yard or garage sale or at the thrift shop.

I often get requests from people asking for help with vintage jewelry they’ve acquired.Because it’s not possible to have a comprehensive discussion of how to identify and date vintage jewelry in a single article, this article is the first in a series, and will specifically address vintage jewelry marks.Future articles in this series will discuss how to date patented jewelry and jewelry without signatures and/or hallmarks.If you want to get a book about English hallmarking, Bradbury's Book of Hallmarks published by the Sheffield Assay Office is a long established reference.Make sure that you get a 2014 or later edition, because only those contain correct information about British import hallmarks.Also be aware that the tables of date letters in most references are only for silver items, see Cautions about Hallmark Tables.

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