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SITE MAP HOME PAGEFrom centuries British silver is protected by the stamping of symbols and letters identifying the maker, the Assay Office and the date in which the quality of the silver piece was verified.
Shanks of bells should have a U-shaped hole or a drilled (not cast) circular hole.
Bells are rose-gold or brownish-gold in color when polished.
The throat (slit) across a petal bell should end in larger circular openings.
These incredibly rare bells have been uncovered by archaeologists at the sites of early European settlements along the eastern seaboard of North America and along the paths of Spanish expeditions through Mexico and the southwestern and southern United States.
The oldest sleigh bells the average person is likely to find typically date from the late 1700s through about 1845.
1896)- the date of registration of the pattern at the Patent Office - the presence of a dated dedication - the date of the event (example: King/Queen Coronation or Jubilee commemorative spoons) - "Ltd" or "Ld" on the mark denotes a date after 1861 (but in most cases not before 1890) - a registered number (Rd followed by a number) denotes a date after 1883 - "England" denotes a date after 1891 (mandatory for export in the USA - Mc Kinley Tariff Act of 1890-) - "Made in England" denotes a 20th century date (mandatory after 1921 for export in the USA) The largest manufacturers introduced, on a voluntary basis, a dating system of their silver plate based on series of letters of various style contained into shields or geometric figures.
The first was Elkington (1841), followed by Walker & Hall (1884) and Mappin & Webb (but other less known makers tried to do something similar). When accompanied by the pattern number (three or four digits) the mark can be dated to 1828/18291824-1830Imperial standard was introduced in 1824. The firm was assumed by James Willis Dixon and a third son, Henry Issac Dixon, and a son-on-law, William Fawcett, became full partners.1879-1927Basic mark used in this period.