If you have read through our blogs, looked at our website or even purchased something from our company then you will have noticed that hallmarks are discussed a lot and appear on our gifts.
Today, we thought we’d bring you some information on today’s hallmarks and what they mean and why they are needed. We think the hallmarks are very interesting and decided we would discuss with you some information about the hallmarks we most commonly use.
All Silver items in the UK must be hallmarked so this means that the maker of the piece of Silver has to send it away to an Assay Office.
Currently there are 4 Assay Offices in the UK: London, Edinburgh, Sheffield, and Birmingham. When the piece of Silver is sent away to whichever Assay Office is chosen, it is punched with the necessary hallmarks. These hallmarks include the Assay Offices’ signature mark: an Anchor for Birmingham, an English Rose for Sheffield, a Leopard’s head for London, and Edinburgh Castle for Edinburgh.
A mark indicating which grade of Silver has been used to create the item is then included. A small number is punched into the silver indicating 925 or 958, and the Lion rampant or Lion passant (see the next section) can be replaced by what is known as the Britannia Hallmark.
A mark of a Lion also has to be included. You will notice there are two different postures the Lion can be in: passant and rampant. The posture of the Lion indicates whether the item was made in Scotland or England. The Lion passant is to indicate it was made in England and the Lion rampant shows it was made in Scotland. The maker also may ask the office to stamp a date letter onto the item but this is optional.
We pride ourselves on our wide varieties and collections of Silver, but we are most proud of the Scottish Silver we make. We have our own personal makers mark shown below.
The best part is this makes our products extremely unique and collectible.
Someone else may have another brand of Silver, but nobody else has the Edinburgh Silver Hallmark!
Here is a set of cufflinks with a Britannia Hallmark: