dating seite gratis Freiburg im Breisgau - Dating english silver marks
In England silver has been marked in some manner since the 12th century when it was first regulated by Parliament.
The marks made it possible to trace the maker and the place of manufacture.
Sometimes they are on the back of an item, but occasionally on the front or on an edge.
It can be difficult to read the marks when over time they become worn down with polishing.
This usually indicates that the piece is Old Sheffield Plate and a sterling silver circle was inlaid into it. Old Sheffield Plate with Sterling Silver Inlay to accommodate initials or a coat of arms.