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Dating English Hallmarks on Silver and Gold

Hallmarks are small markings stamped on gold, silver and platinum articles. A British Hallmark means that the article has been independently tested and guarantees that it conforms to all legal standards of purity (fineness). 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 brings UK law into line with European law. Consumers may now choose from a much wider range of goods but to continue to benefit from the same level of protection.

Hallmark date stamps on silver, gold, and platinum for the Offices of London, Birmingham, Sheffield, and Edinburgh from 1678 – 1974

London dated hallmarks gold silver and platinum

London Dated Hallmarks from 1678 – 1974.

birmingham hallmarks on silver gold and platinum

Birmingham Dated Hallmarks from 1773 – 1974.

Sheffield dated hallmarks gold silver and platinum

Sheffield Dated Hallmarks from 1773 – 1974.

Edinburgh dated hallmarks gold silver and platinum

Edinburgh Dated Hallmarks from 1705 – 1974.


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