Dating system for elkington silver plate
This mark has become known as the Incuse Duty Mark.From 1786 to Victoria's reign, the King's head Duty Mark always faces right and is embossed like all other hallmarks.
Most people would need to rely on the dealer or auction room from which the item was bought to identify the maker. with those simple steps, you can quite easily decipher the hallmarks on any piece of British silver made in the last 500 years.When Victoria came to the throne in 1837, the mark was replaced with the Queen's head duty mark which always faces left. Go to the appropriate section in Bradburys for the given town.Look for a matching date letter with or without the duty mark as needed.As an example, the date letter for 1898 in London is a lowercase ‘c’, in Sheffield it is a lowercase 'f' and in Birmingham it is a lowercase ‘y’. This is why it is important to find the town mark before you try to find the date letter.The Maker’s mark was initially a picture, but this practice was superseded by using the first two letters of the maker’s surname and later the initials.