If you are particularly interested in collecting sterling silver or silverplated pieces by Walker And Hall but you can't find a suitable item in the list below, just contact us and we'll check to see whether we have some items in store which aren't already on our website. There is a band of latin script around the chalice and flagon. Here is a interesting little thing, from the days before the Trades Descriptions Act. In the unlikely event you wish to return an item you should contact us immediately. Understanding the marks they bear will help you to tell which is which, an important distinction as solid silver flatware is far more valuable than the silver-plated variety. They have plain hexagonal bodies and pierced tops with curvaceous reed borders.
The candlesticks are filled for balance. A refund will be issued less outgoing delivery charges and must be returned within three working days of receiving the item. The trophy cup is 12 inches 30. All items must arrive back with us in the same condition as they left. . We only operate online stores and regrettably viewing in person is not an option.
For more help with British hallmarks, see Resources. Victorian in era, dating to around 1890, the box is in superb condition. The candlesticks have tapered bodies and the sconces are removable. All together this tea set has a weight of 61. The maker's mark is always worth examining, because a prestigious name such as Tiffany or Liberty can make all the difference to the value of a set of flatware — it can take silver-plated flatware from being of little value to being very desirable. It can be purchased directly from there or from any major book seller. This pair of candlesticks have been filled for balance.
If you see either of those marks, then the item in question is silver-plated. This is why it is important to find the town mark before you try to find the date letter. We will then arrange for you to return it to us at the buyer's expense. In particular, search for the numeral '925. The gadrooning follows through on the loop, swing handle. Most solid silver flatware will carry a hallmark to show that it has been reached a legal standard of purity — usually 925 parts silver per thousand.
Most pieces of old flatware that you encounter will be made either of solid silver or of electroplated nickel silver E. This set comes in its original leather and velvet box. Exceptions are marks for 1834 date letter on the left side and impressed with its base towards the crown and 18 date letter on the right of the crown, and crown impressed with its base toward the letter. Here is an interesting example of a silver plate mark, which at first glance appear to be a sterling silver hallmark. It was first coined in the 1700s, when manufacturers developed the process of cutting forks and spoons from flat sheets of silver. This mark is sometimes mistook for the standard mark but it was in fact a special duty mark, used only in Dublin.
There are so many different hallmarks found on British silver that to know all of them would be impossible. Hallmarked in Sheffield, 1903 by this wonderful piece stands 21 inches 53 cms tall when on the plaque and 14. British silver which you might well encounter as it was widely exported probably won't have the '925' mark, but there will be an emblem of a lion walking sideways known as the 'lion passant. L0540: Hallmarked In 1947 Hallmarked in London, 1947 by , this stunning Tea Set is the height of Art Deco design. This is where some confusion can occur. The central part holds a large vase which opens wider at the top and bottom. The box measures 8 inches 20cm wide, by 5 inches 12.
A wonderful quality biscuit box by the top-notch London silversmith, Walker and Hall, signed both to the front and the underside. Many makers of silver-plated flatware - especially British ones - stamped their wares with marks that look like silver hallmarks — not with the intention of fooling prospective buyers, but simply so that their cheaper wares would look as much as possible like the more expensive ones. Silver Dictionary' of A Small Collection of Antique Silver and Objects of vertu, a 1500 pages richly illustrated website offering all you need to know about antique silver, sterling silver, silverplate, Sheffield plate, electroplate silver, silverware, flatware, tea services and tea complements, marks and hallmarks, articles, books, auction catalogs, famous silversmiths Tiffany, Gorham, Jensen, Elkington , history, oddities. The beaded drip pans are removable for easy cleaning. However, in addition to these nonsense symbols, most silver-plate will carry one or both of these marks — 'E.
The three most common assay office marks are a leopard's head for London, an anchor for Birmingham and a crown for Sheffield. From 1786 to Victoria's reign, the King's head Duty Mark always faces right and is embossed like all other hallmarks. The metal is tested and marked at special offices, regulated by the government, known as assay offices. The candlesticks have shaped oval bases with reed detailing. The fish set is presented in its original box, which measures 14 inches 35. That means that not only is the font and shield different depending on the town, but also the letter. Turn now to the remaining marks.
Look first for a maker's mark. Look again at the remaining marks. There is engraving on the bowl with pretty foliage pierce work, and the basket stands on an oval pedestal base. Fortunately, with the use of a single reference book, it is possible for even a complete novice to decipher the vast majority. Between 17 a little crown was positioned above the date letter; between 18 a crown of a bigger dimension was positioned on the right side of the date letter.