This silverware again is quite collectible and starting to command a slight premium.
In England the main marks were for London, Birmingham, Sheffield, Chester, Exeter, York, Newcastle and Norwich.
The main marks in Scotland were for Edinburgh and Glasgow. This is by no means an exhaustive list and we recommend the book Jackson's Silver & Gold Marks (ISBN # 0907462634) for a more detailed analysis.
As time passed, all of these smaller provincial assay offices closed down.
Pieces of silverware with rare town marks are now very collectible and command high prices when they come on the market.
Grimwade (ISBN # 0571180655), or 'The Directory of London Gold & Silversmiths 1838 to 1914' by John Culme (ISBN # 0907462464).
Certain makers are again very collectible and command very high prices.
What follows here is a brief overview of silver hallmarks in England, Scotland, and Ireland.
It should be used as a guide only, and we recommend using the Bradbury's Book of Hallmarks (ISBN # 0953174123).
This made it a lot easier to understand but still retained as much of the interest and tradition as possible.
Certain dates were commemorated with special marks such as the present Queens Jubilee in 1977, or King George V's jubilee of 1935.
Much of the charm and interest in British silver hallmarks lies in their variety and individuality.