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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.There was a simple reason for this seemingly Draconian behaviour in that the manufacture of silver and gold was allied to the minting of currency.
Used from the inception of the Sheffield Assay Office in 1773 , the Crown was the town mark of Sheffield.
No codified rule was followed by the makers in the marking of their electroplated pieces.
This makes difficult the research of information for inexperienced people.
Because of possible confusion with the Crown mark used after 1798, (as the hallmark for 18ct gold), the Sheffield assay mark was changed on January 1st 1975 for a rose.
Which had incidentally, been used as the gold assay mark for Sheffield when the Assay Office was first entitled to test gold, after March 1st 1904.
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Gorham Corporation: sterling silver marks , gorham housemark, hallmarks , . A Sterling Silver Compote in "Rose Point" Pattern, by Wallace . 21 05 - Silver and Flatware/ Dating Wallace Sterling Flatware . Late 18th century to circa 1900 (including marks on Britannia metal .