Dating gorham silver plate marks
Look for a matching date letter with or without the duty mark as needed.
Silver jewelry marks are the hallmarks found on silver jewelry to help identify the composition and source of the jewelry.There are so many different hallmarks found on British silver that to know all of them would be impossible.Fortunately, with the use of a single reference book, it is possible for even a complete novice to decipher the vast majority.The prime purpose of these marks is to show that the metal of the item upon which they are stamped is of a certain level of purity.The metal is tested and marked at special offices, regulated by the government, known as assay offices.From 1786 to Victoria's reign, the King's head Duty Mark always faces right and is embossed like all other hallmarks.
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.
If you can find one of these marks, then you know that the item is British silver and you can move onto stage 2.
Note that dublin is unique in using the same mark for the town mark and the standard mark. However, the crowned harp is often seen with another mark called the Hibernia which is similar to the Brittania Silver Mark of a seated lady.
This mark is sometimes mistook for the standard mark but it was in fact a special duty mark, used only in Dublin.
Again, you don’t need to memorise these marks, just flick through Bradburys to find them.
Simply flick through the book, looking at the top of the tables of marks to remind yourself if you forget.