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Dating swiss silver, cautions about using tables of hallmarks

The punch mark is usually the registered person's initials within a shaped shield. Afterwhen the Swiss introduced their own hallmarking process, Swiss watches were assayed and hallmarked in Switzerland, but to the lower Swiss fineness standards of 0.

To go to Dating swiss silver page about Swiss hallmarks and other Swiss marks click on this link: This lead to the legalisation in Switzerland of a grade for silver watch cases destined to be exported to Britain.

For more about this see the section below about silver and the three bears. It does not include the sponsor's mark, but a British hallmark must have all four marks, it is not complete and legal without a sponsor's mark.

The same is true of the mark of a crown and crescent moon struck on silver, see German Hallmarks. This is important to know!


The Swiss authorities officially recognised nine carat gold as a legal standard in Switzerland in the Precious Metals Control Act ofbut only for watch cases. If we say on the combination tool then the 2.

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A letter in the "Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silversmith" in March from a Swiss national working in an English Customs house reported that Swiss watches that would previously have been admitted were now being confiscated.

In this law was revised. Sometimes abbreviated to Brevet Dem.

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The first figure is a nine on its side, not a six. Whatever the rights or wrongs of the watchmakers arguments, a significant proportion of the Merchandise Marks Act was taken up with ensuring that foreign watches could not be mistaken for English watches. The Swiss authorities rounded this down to 0.

On the top of the Victorinox stampings you can see the stampings used on the economy line.

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The Chester Assay Office hallmarking year ran from 1st July to 30th June, neatly bisecting the the year. The leopard's head shown here, when used on its own, is the mark of the London Assay Office at Goldsmith's Hall. This is called the "sponsor's mark" and is one of the four parts of a legal British hallmark.

A small proportion of Swiss watch cases were assayed in England and marked with British hallmarks between andand a higher grade sterling silver was used for these cases to meet the British sterling silver standard.

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They don't seem to have used 12 carat gold at all. The term "hallmark" originated in when Online chat rooms india dating gold and silver smiths were first required to take their work to Goldsmiths' Hall to be assayed and marked.

Poinçons de Maître: Case Maker's Marks

To the left is the key ring spring attachment that was used from Russian Hallmarks In Russia before the revolution fineness was expressed in zolotniks, which was derived from the Russian for gold, zoloto, and which was also the name of a gold coin.

At one time I thought that the Swiss Dating swiss silver made the bow, the ring on the pendant, out of plated brass, but now I think that if a watch has a bow like this it is a replacement for an original bow that wore through.

Nine carat gold quickly became very popular because it was much cheaper than the previous standards of 22 and 18 carats but could legally be called "gold". The bear and the 0. The Swiss Precious Metals Control Act of specified two legal standards of fineness for gold, 18 and 14 carat.

The tang stamp may have vairiations on the place it sit. The bows of pocket watches were stamped with two bears, as shown by the red arrows in the second picture.

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Sapphire and ruby are variations of aluminium oxide, the different colours produced by traces of other elements. However, John Matthews observed that there are a significant number of Swiss watch cases in the UK, Scandinavia and other countries having both Swiss and German hallmarks with no evidence of their passage through Germany.

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The sponsor's mark was applied to each item before it was submitted for hallmarking, and can tell us interesting information about where a watch case was made, or imported a watch. These inner cuvettes are usually gold or silver plated and without this word stamped on them could be mistaken for being gold or solid silver.

These hallmarks were used for plate, vessels and candlesticks etc. English watchmakers had long complained that some foreign watch manufacturers, particularly Swiss, sent watch cases to Britain to receive British hallmarks.

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From 1 January they all had to be hallmarked, either in a British assay office or by an in their country of origin.