GERMAN HALLMARKS

Since 1884 it has been compulsory for German silver to have the following identity: 1) The makers mark. 2) The amount of finesilver used. 3) The symbols of a Half Moon and a Crown.
 

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ENGLISH HALLMARKS

The English Hallmark system is one of the most accurate in the world! It not only shows the exact year but also the town in which it was made.Often it bears the silversmiths sign too! English silver is always Sterling that is 925/1000.
 

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AMERICAN HALLMARKS

Generally speaking American silver is always hallmarked with the words Sterling. It is always 925/1000 sterling silver.Usually there is a makers name or symbol incorporated in the hallmark.


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DANISH HALLMARKS

Since 1893 silver in Denmark must be at least 0.826, however most Danish silver is Sterling.Silver must show the makers name, the assay mark and the control mark which is an oval frame containing three towers of Copenhagen and within the wave lines, the last two digits of the year that it was made.

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FRENCH HALLMARKS

Since 1838 French silver must bare a makers mark and a hallmark which is a Minerva head.For smaller pieces the symbol was a boars head or a crab.In 1961 the boars head was replaced with just the crab.In 1972  a date letter was also incorperated  starting with A for 1973.

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