English silver dating marks

These are marked with the painters name /initials and a date - the name of the flower is always handwritten or not there. Pieces which do not meet the factory's demands for perfection are marked as "seconds".

These pieces were sold with a 25-30% discount at the factory shop.

It is said that in the 1920-30's the factory used to let factory workers buy 3rds & 4ths for very little money ..that resulted in "a lot" of 3rds & 4ths being made, many of them having nothing wrong with them.

Specialist publications are essential for locating and unstanding the meaning of a huge proliferation of different marks and symbols used on Scottish provincial silver.

Although no longer compulsory, British hallmarks typically include a letter to indicate the year when a piece of silver was assayed.

Later Nils Thorsson took the manufactory into the new and final era in the period 1928-1969 where it changed name to Royal Copenhagen Faience.

The painters of Flora Danica, where allowed to paint a few items every year they for themselves.We would like to make more theme pages based on artists or motives.Also we intend to generate and translate more information about Danish Porcelain Artists, markings, dating and the different china patterns.But the period from 1901 - 1928 became a new period of success under the artistic input from Chr.Joachim (1870-1943) and Harald Slott-Mller (1864-1937). They crated the important works of Danish Skonvirke in the coloristic Art faience of Aluminia.Today there are still offices in Edinburgh, where hallmarking has been regulated since the 15th century, and in Birmingham and Sheffield, where assay offices were established by an Act of Parliament in 1773.

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