Dating gorham silver marks

Prior to 1850-ish silver was made from “coin silver” – literally melted silver coins. This is an example of an early American silver mark. and pieces were generally only stamped with a makers mark.The following list is compiled from emails of Silver Forum subscribers: The list consists of designers and maker's marks that have been difficult to find in reference materials so far.The left box of each row is for the mark, either a photograph or text indicating the name found on the piece.You can't pore over auction records and price guides to find values for your silver and silver plated antiques if you don't know exactly what you have, including when and where it was produced along with who made it.Easier said than done when some symbols on antique and collectible silver can be thoroughly confusing without resources to point you in the right direction.

The styles were still predominantly English but the influence of American silversmiths such as Gorham and Tiffany was starting to take hold and became stronger as the century advanced.

The following is a discussion of the major Canadian manufacturers of sterling silverware in the 20 century.

Henry Birks & Company was established in Montreal in 1879 as a retail jeweller.

Hallmarks are applied with a hammer and punch, a process that leaves sharp edges and spurs of metal.

Therefore, hallmarking is generally done before the piece goes for its final polishing.