You don’t need to memorise these marks because they are in Bradburys book of hallmarks.
Simply flick through the book, looking at the top of the tables of marks to remind yourself if you forget.
The metal is tested and marked at special offices, regulated by the government, known as assay offices.
Only metal of the required standard will be marked.
If you can find one of these marks, then you know that the item is British silver and you can move onto stage 2.Victorian fine quality heavy gauge silver plate Christening or child's cutlery set made by Thomas Harwood and Co., and complete with the original fitted case. Case is 8 inches long by 3 inches wide by 1.25 inches deep. Appearing to never have been used, this is a lovely set in very good condition.The stems are finely engraved with grapes and vines, and are fitted into the original Victorian leather case with silk and velvet interior. Serpentine Antiques at The Antiques Warehouse Badshot Farm St.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.
It is a form of consumer protection, whose origin goes back almost 1000 years.