To date your silver from its hallmark first identify the assay office (e.g. anchor for Birmingham, leopards head for London, etc.). The compulsory components of a hallmark are the Assay Office mark, a numerical fineness mark and a sponsors or makers mark.
How do you read silver hallmarks?
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