Or via drop-down list: | home . Assay office mark tells you which assay office tested and edinburgh 22 carat 2008 britannia silver sterling silver palladium gold platinum 2009 2010 2011 ask if it’s r o c a uk hallmark is struck by an independent assay office and guarantees the precious metal content of the item. Assay office mark – shows you the symbol of the assay office where it was tested and marked a castle indicates an edinburgh mark a castle indicates an edinburgh mark the other office symbols can be found above under the bhc guidance notes.
Only london and edinburgh assay offices now strike marks exclusively in the uk as it now stands, the compulsory part of the uk hallmark consists of the sponsor or maker's mark, the assay office mark, and the standard of fineness (in this case silver, 925 parts in 1000. There are four assay offices still in operation in the uk: london, birmingham, edinburgh and sheffield the goldsmiths' company assay office is the london hallmark - our town mark is the leopard's head. The marks you would see today are the sponsor's mark, the fineness mark, the assay office mark and optionally the fineness pictorial mark and the date mark however this has not always been the case and the development of these marks will be outlined below.
The french assay mark for sterling silver is the head of the goddess minervain fact, the french standard for sterling silver is higher than that of other nations, requiring a silver content of 950 parts per thousand, or 95% silver. Edinburgh was the main scottish assay office edinburgh’s marks consist of: maker’s mark town mark, (three castles) thistle variable date letter. Since 1975 the date letter was unified for all the survived assay office in the uk (london, birmingham, sheffield and edinburgh), and changed at the beginning of january each year since 1999 the use of the date letter became an optional.
The edinburgh assay office is delighted to offer all full time students of jewellery and silversmithing the chance to register for our valuable student package which includes: registration of a sponsor’s mark, valid for 10 years. Compulsory marks are the assay office mark, the sponsor's or maker's mark (at least two letters within a shield) and the metal and fineness mark (purity in millesimal number) the use of the traditional fineness mark (lion passant, lion rampant, britannia) and date letter is maintained only on a voluntary basis. You can search by makers’ mark, by the name of the maker, and specifically for a keyword appearing in the records results are listed in order of relevance the hallmarking archive also now includes information on glasgow goldsmiths from the surviving records of the glasgow assay office (1819-1964) and brief biographies of many provincial.
Silver makers' marks - london assay office (w-wd) wa wb wc wd mark maker period seen on comments w 1930 edinburgh an earlier mark with sans-serif characters registered mar 1910 case maker, norfolk street, coventry (mark is wc over hc) child & child (walter & harold child. Scotland's assay marks think of them as the 'signature' of the oldest consumer protection group in scotland for each and every assay mark helps to assure the 'who, what, where and when' of the manufacture of precious metals. Uk hallmarks for imported jewellery jewelry discussion phil_walker 2010-03-03 02:38:55 utc #1 purity mark assay office mark and date stamp and if imported, a compliance mark the assayer takes a small scraping of gold, weighs it, and refines it to (makers registered mark) on the assay office may choose to just ignore your other.
The assay office marks for gold would be in a square shield with chamfered corners and in a blunt oval for silver import marks from 1999 following a ruling of the european court of justice the uk is required to accept national hallmarks of member states who provide an equivalent guarantee. The sponsor’s or maker’s mark this indicates the maker or sponsor of the article in the uk this mark consists of assay office mark indicates the particular assay ofice at which the article was tested and marked assay ofice town marks london edinburgh birmingham shefield. How to identify silver hallmarks & makers' marks the assay office marks of member countries of the convention are illustrated below the shield design around the assay office mark sometimes varies according to whether the article is gold, silver or platinum the scottish assay office edinburgh assay office goldsmiths’ hall 24.
Edinburgh compulsory marks modifications to the hallmarking act, effective from assay offices in former times makers mark metal and fineness (purity) gold 375 585 750 916 990 999 mark silver 800 925 958 the assay office marks of member countries of the convention are illustrated opposite the shield design around the assay. Cr silver home contact simple, stylish, silver jewellery: a little about each piece is then hallmarked with my maker's mark in the edinburgh assay office my portfolio get in touch if you are interested in finding out more about my work, i'd be delighted to hear from you. The three marks stamped into watch cases by the assay offices were applied in one go by a combined punch in fly press, they are called press marks and that is why they are always in the same regular triangular pattern for each assay office.