SILVERWARE | VICTORIA SILVERWARE PDF Print E-mail

The Victoria Silverware hallmark certifies the origin and high standard of quality products in Great Britain. Hallmarks: the “small print” on silverware which guarantees its authenticity and protects your investment.

In its pure state, silver, in common with other precious metals, is extremely soft and susceptible to wear and damage.  For this reason, the silver used to make jewellery and domestic articles is invariably alloyed with other metals.

From the “buyers” viewpoint, the important question is just how much other metal has been added.  For more than 600 years, British hallmarks have provided an accurate answer to that question.  They guarantee that the article which bears them comforts to strictly defined standards of purity of fineness.

Hallmarks are issued by only four Assay Offices of Great Britain that are empowered - by Royal Statute to hallmark articles made from precious metals.  The Assay Offices are completely independent of any trade organisation – a valuable reassurance that the scientific tests on which hallmarking is based are objective as well as accurate.

As seen on each article of silverware, a hallmark consists of four symbols.

The Sponsor’s or Maker’s mark.

(The symbol shown is, of course exclusive to Victoria silverware)

The Standard mark:

Certifies that the precious metal content is not less than the minimum required by law.  In the case of sterling silver, this is 925 parts in 1,000.

The Assay Office mark:

All Victoria silverware is submitted to the Birmingham Assay Office, whose symbol is the anchor shown here, for testing and marking.  The other Assay Offices – London, Edinburgh and Sheffield – have their own marks.

The Date Letter:

Indicates the year in which the article was hallmarked.  The letter “A”, for instance stands for 2000.