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Silver dating marks

The following pictures show the marks used by WMF on metalware (pics A through E and 1 to 7) and glass and ceramics from the 1880's to the present: (A): WMF impressed mark from 1880- ca.

It was Edward I who first passed a statute requiring all silver to be of sterling standard – a purity of 925 parts per thousand – ushering in a testing or assay system that has survived for over 700 years.

1880 - 1903; (C) mark on printed material, like catalogues and on jewelry before 1914 together with silver assay stamp "8oo".

((D) from 1909 on; (E) from June 1910 usually a very small mark; (1) from 1907 on printed material; (2) from 1907 on Orivit items together with Orivit design nrs.; (3) on items originally designed by Orivit (4) 1925 - 1935, after 1935 the upper "bow" is without lines; (5) from 1965; (6) 1938 - 1948 on silverplated ironware with copper or brass layer; (7) 1939 - 1945 on silverplated zinc items.

Below is list of marks applied by provincial assay offices which have now ceased operating: Chester - closed in 1962 Mark: three wheat sheaves and a sword Exeter - closed in 1883 Marks: a crowned X or a three-turreted castle Glasgow - closed in 1964 Mark: combined tree, bird, bell and fish Newcastle upon Tyne - closed in 1884 Mark: three separated turrets Norwich - closed by 1701 Mark: a crowned lion passant and a crowned rosette York - closed in 1856 Mark: half leopard's head, half fleur de lys and later five lions passant on a cross For many reasons town silversmiths in Ireland and Scotland seldom sent their plate to Edinburgh, Glasgow or Dublin to be assayed.