The following are hallmarks that were featured on the home page as they were posted.
These marks and many more are listed in "World Hallmarks - Vol.I - Europe" available here. Some are from the yet to be released Vol.II.
Egyptian Silver Hallmark
A B C
HRI is currently working on our next
book - Vol. II which will
cover much of the world of
hallmarks outside of Europe (Vol.I covers Europe).
In our research, one of the countries
we will be covering is Egypt. On the left
is an example
of their hallmarking style.
Egypt has been hallmarking precious metals since 1916.
Their hallmark methodology is comprised of 3 marks like this example.
A) This shows the fineness in Arabic characters for
90 (representing 90% or 900/1000). Above the
fineness is the Arabic characters for the Cairo
Assay Office where the item was hallmarked.
B) This center hallmark shows a lotus flower,
which Egypt uses
as their mark for silver to date.
Prior to that they used a cat from 1916-1945. (Gold is the Ibis bird)
C) The final hallmark on the right is the date letter.
This Arabic character is the
used from 1962-1964.
HRI is currently seeking more Egyptian hallmark
images to finish a visual chart of date letters.
If you have images you can share, email
them to us through our questions page.
Czechoslovakia Silver Hallmark
The triangular shape of this hallmark is unique and identifiable for the region. The 'cross over three hills' design within is from Czechoslovakia and used from 1929-1941. The number 4 indicates the item is constructed of the fourth silver standard of this period - 835 silver. (For more information, consult page 70 of World Hallmarks - Vol. I - Europe)
French Gold & Platinum Hallmark
The eagle's head hallmark is commonly seen on French made items that are constructed of a minimum 18k/750 gold. The dog's head mark is the French hallmark for 950 platinum. These two together indicate that both metals are present in this item. The order and orientation of the two hallmarks can provide more specifics on metal content ratios for the item as well. (For more information, consult page 115 of World Hallmarks - Vol. I - Europe, for all the combinations and their meanings.)
Poland Silver Hallmark
This silver hallmark is from Poland. It was used from 1920 to 1931. The number 3 indicates the item is made of the third standard - 800 silver. The W on the right side of the female's left facing profile indicates the item was hallmarked in the Warsaw Assay Office. The barrel shape outline tells us that the item was marked on an item that weighs more than 10 grams.(For more information, consult page 199 of World Hallmarks - Vol. I - Europe)
Czech and Slovak Republic Hallmark
This rooster facing left is an example of a more recent hallmark from the Czech and Slovak Republic indicating a small domestic gold article of the 3rd standard or 750 gold fineness. This mark one of the few Czech and Slovakian hallmarks that has been in use since 1921 that has remained unchanged. (For more information, consult page 76 & 279 of World Hallmarks - Vol. I - Europe)
This is an example of a Soviet Russian mark that
exhibits the Soviet star with a hammer and sickle.
The 583 is the Russian Standard of 14k gold. The symbol to
of the star is the assay
office. The second hallmark on the left is the maker's mark Within this reserve is the date mark as well. Do you know what is wrong with this mark and why? Email us, and let us what you think! (For more information, consult page 258 of World Hallmarks - Vol. I - Europe)
This single hallmark is inclusive in that it reveals that the item was imported to Austria after 1965 (the cocker spaniel image was used after 1965), the item was assayed in Salzberg (the S stands for the Salzberg Assay Office) and is of 14k gold (the number 4 stands for the fourth stand for gold in Austria which is 14k/585). (For more information, consult page 33 of World Hallmarks - Vol. I - Europe)
This OWL mark is on the push catch tongue of a bracelet.
It is French
begriming in 1893 and represents a gold item imported from
a country whose standards does not comply to French Customs standards. Often there is a mark on the chest of the owl that designates the assay office that marked the item upon import. A common example is the number 75 that represents Paris.(For more information, consult page 109 of World Hallmarks - Vol. I - Europe)
Portugal Silver Hallmark
sitting Boar is a mark from Portugal.
The shape outline of this hallmark indicates it was
assayed in Lisbon between the years of 1886-1938. The II indicates the second standard of silver- 833/1000.
This style of hallmark was generally used on large silver objects. (For more information, consult page 211 & 215 of World Hallmarks - Vol. I - Europe)
French Gold Hallmark
As a left facing RAM's HEAD, this hallmark was used
from August 16, 1819 to May 9, 1938. Finding
item has tested with
by touchstone to be a minimum
of 750/18kt gold.
Origin of the mark is Paris, France.
French Silver Hallmark
This left facing head of Mercury
with the octagonal outline and
scalloped corners was used on
large French items of 750 gold
or 950 silver min., exported
out of France between 1840 and 1879. (For more information, consult page 112 of World Hallmarks - Vol. I - Europe)