Antique Marks

Antique Marks
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This pocket-sized guide to identifying and interpreting metal and ceramic marks has been improved with the addition of the most recent hallmarks, along with details of the new hallmarking system.Do you attend car boot sales or browse in antique shops in search of bargains? Have you ever wished you knew more about grandma’s silver spoon? Do you envy the experts’ ability to identify and date old hand-me-downs? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, Collins Gem Antique Marks is for you.Packed with thousands of clear illustrations, the book shows hallmarks on silver, gold and platinum, as well as those on Old Sheffield Plate, pewter, pottery and porcelain. Complete with a history of hallmarks and how to read them, Collins Gem Antique Marks is absolutely indispensable.The book provides:Full hallmarks for silver from London, Edinburgh, York, Norwich, Exeter, Dublin, Newcastle, Chester, Glasgow, Birmingham and Sheffield, along with maker’s marks from these cities.Up-to-date hallmarks for gold and platinum.Old Sheffield plate marks, showing the variety of maker’s marks.Pewter marks and a selection of pewter touch marks.Pottery and porcelain marks showing both letter and name marks, and symbol marks.

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Do you ever attend car boot sales or browse in antique shops in search of bargains? Have you ever wished you knew more about your grandmother’s silver spoon, or that old piece of china which has been around your home for so many years? Do you envy the experts’ ability to identify and date such fascinating hand-me-downs? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then Collins need to know? Antique Marks is for you.


Spanish chalice with repousse and chased decoration, 1670

The book begins with a clear and thorough guide to the hallmarks stamped on British gold and silver since the Middle Ages, and those now found on platinum. The precious metals section continues with pages exclusively devoted to American, African and Asian gold and silver; a historical review of leading goldsmiths and silversmiths; and a glossary of the terminology currently used by the professionals.

The second section of the book looks at the quite different marks to be found on Old Sheffield Plate. A representative selection of pewter makers’ marks is provided next, as an introduction to these once very common household wares. This section closes with an examination of some traditional techniques used in working with precious metals.

The final section of the book surveys the vast range of marks to be found on pottery or porcelain, both from Britain and the rest of Europe, and from China and Japan. There are also profiles of leading pottery and porcelain manufacturers; some background information on methods of ceramic construction and surface work; and a glossary of ceramic terminology.

While the depth of knowledge of the true expert requires years of experience in studying and handling antiques, Collins need to know? Antique Marks will provide you with the instant means to interpret the marks that are often crucial in assessing antique objects.


Nuremberg faïence jug, early 18th century