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You can also use the Pictorial Marks to locate symbols and the Initial Marks to identify initials used by a company when you don’t know the company name.
Note that the database includes marks used on flatware and other silver items, so you may need to search a bit to locate the company you want.
Mexican silver jewelry marks usually include the “925” purity mark, and sometimes include “STERLING” as well.
In addition, the jewelry will often be stamped “MEXICO” or “HECHO EN MEXICO” (MADE IN MEXICO). Pieces from the Taxco region are often stamped “TAXCO” or sometimes simply with the letter “T” at the beginning of the signature.
British hallmarks have been used for over 500 years and have changed over time.
Hallmarks include a Standard or Purity Mark, a City or Town Mark, a Date Letter, a Duty Mark, and a Maker’s Mark. The Standard (Purity) Mark is usually a symbol, that varies, depending on the region.
Sweden uses one Dateletter chart, which makes things a bit easier.
Norwegian and Danish silver marks usually include a Purity Mark and a Maker’s Mark.
Luckily, you can find many photos and charts online that help decipher the dates.
Silver jewelry marks can also include the region or town where the piece was made and/or dateletters to indicate the year when the piece was made.
American silver jewelry marks are fairly simple, usually including a purity mark, and sometimes a maker’s mark.
The photo below shows examples of these symbols, as well as the most common Town Marks.
The Date Letters are especially tricky, as the various towns used different lettering schemes to represent the years.