Silver dating letters

Depending upon the font used for the series of date letters, the letter i, j or l is usually omitted to avoid any possible confusion between them.As a result the date letter cycle is usually 25 years as opposed to 26.

British Sterling - Hallmarks, Irish Fortunately, with the use of a single reference book, it is possible for even a complete novice to decipher the vast majority.Today and for the past few centuries, this stamp or silver hallmark has shown the place and year of manufacture of the assayed silver item, as well as the silversmith who made or sponsored the item.The laws governing silver hallmarking are very strict and if an item does not comply with a standard the item will not be hallmarked and will probably be destroyed.A false silver hallmark has always been treated with the utmost severity by the law and in the past a silversmith was pilloried for their first offence, where they would be pelted with rotten fruit and vegetables.If they offended again, a limb would be hacked off and, until the 1720’s, the death penalty was the usual sentence meted out to persistent offenders.Sheffield Hallmarks - Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks.

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