This is a very handy, easy to use guide to the main English, Edinburgh and Dublin Silver Hall Marks in good quality paper-back form.It covers also a good deal of Silverplate, Gold and Platinum & Sheefield plate. Use this guide to discover some of the favorite spots where those in the know go online.You will learn to understand and research silver origins, craftsmen, and manufacturers using hallmarks, along with a few online value guides to help you with that daunting task as well.The most important point in identifying UK hallmarks is to find the assay town mark. There are four assay offices still in operation in the UK: London, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Sheffield.
But, to be honest, some are much better than others.
English Silver Hall-Marks: Including the Marks of Origin on Scottish & Irish Silver Plate, Gold, Platinum & Sheffield Plate: With 500 of the More Important Makers Marks from 1697-1900 (Dealer Guides) "English Silver Hallmarks..." is a handy and useful guide for both collectors and dealers of electroplated silver, gold and platinum, and Old Sheffield Plate.
An especially useful aspect is that it is small enough to be carried along when visiting antique shops, flea markets, and consignment stores.
To my friend's astonishment the crest was that of his own mother's family and not that of the present owners.
Knowing that his mother's family silver had all been stolen in the 19th century, he felt obliged to inform his pursed-lipped client that she was in the possession of stolen goods.