Birmingham silver dating marks

The leopard's head mark of London has been used by some of the finest craftsmen in history, on some of the most prestigious and celebrated works.Download a feature article on the leopard from the Goldsmiths' Company Review 2014-2015.It is formed of initials of that person or company inside a shield shape. We mark a piece to the lowest standard of alloy content, so it guarantees that the quality of the article is no less than the fineness indicated.The shield shape varies, and a minimum of two initials must be included. When you create your punch with us, you join a register of makers stretching back centuries. The shape of the surrounding shield indicates metal type.The construction was project managed by Trebor Developments with Galliford Try as principal contractor, O’Brien as sub-contractors and Glazzard Architects as architects.

The first customer on that day was Matthew Boulton.Platinum was brought within the Hallmarking Act 1973.The Assay Office started in 1773 at leased rooms in the Kings Head Inn on New Street.The Birmingham Assay Office, one of the four assay offices in the United Kingdom, is located in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham.The development of a silver industry in 18th century Birmingham was hampered by the legal requirement that items of solid silver be assayed, and the nearest Assay Offices were in Chester and London.