A hallmark is an official mark or series of marks struck on items made of metal , mostly to certify the content of noble metals —such as platinum , gold , silver and in some nations, palladium. In a more general sense, the term hallmark can also be used to refer to any distinguishing characteristic. Historically, hallmarks were applied by a trusted party: the "guardians of the craft " or, more recently, by an assay office. Hallmarks are a guarantee of certain purity or fineness of the metal, as determined by official metal assay testing. Hallmarks are often confused with "trademarks" or "maker's marks".
Dating Antique Silver Hallmarks & Silver Origins -
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The sponsors' mark indicates either the manufacturer or person who sent the article for hallmarking. Most sponsors' marks take the form of initials surrounded by a shield design — this is important, as many different sponsors may have the same initials. Make sure your marks match the official UK hallmarks.
A hallmark is an official stamp on gold, silver and other precious metal articles, impressed by an assay office to attest their standard. English gold and silver articles have been marked by some form of hallmark since the 13th Century. This duty was originally carried out at Goldsmiths hall in London.