Dating english silver from hallmark
The King's head duty mark was first struck in 1784.
The duty mark was only struck in certain years and when found, will take the form of either a King or Queen’s head, depending on who was on the throne at the time. To the collector, the main importance of this mark is that it helps you find the date letter.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.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.
The diamond-shaped English Registry mark, was used by the English patent office since 1842 to identify pieces of English pottery, porcelain, and other products. The mark has the Roman numerals "IV" at the top of the mark if it is for a ceramic. Marks registered from 1842 to 1867 have a letter at the top of the diamond.