Pricing Guides & Dictionary of Makers Marks for Antiques & Collectibles

Members Log-In

Welcome to marks4antiques.com - your online resource
to identify and appraise Antiques & Collectibles




This is a sampling of interesting articles on several topics:

FREE GUIDES TO
SILVER & SILVERPLATE MAKERS MARKS & HALLMARKS -
IDENTIFICATION MARKS FOR JEWELRY

See examples of makers marks & hallmarks for Jewelry and Silver or Silverplate in our guides

HOW TO IDENTIFY SILVER MAKERS MARKS AND HALLMARKS

- Silver marks are usually shown in groups of anywhere from two to as many as six marks. The main reason for this plurality of silver marks on antiques is that silver was marked primarily for Taxation or Duty Collection reasons. Silver is a “precious metal” and as such it was heavily regulated throughout its history and until very recent times... READ MORE

STERLING SILVER & SILVERPLATED ANTIQUES

- In general, the term Sterling Silver is meant to distinguish items that are composed of mostly solid silver as opposed to Silver-Plated (or silverplated) that have only a thin surface layer of silver. However, there are several other distinctions, some using terms that can be confusing and often lead to a misunderstanding of an item’s composition and hence its value. One of the most important metallurgical terms that are also used in Antique and Modern Silver... READ MORE

IDENTIFYING JEWELRY MARKS: Makers marks & Hallmarks to identify Jewelry & Fashion Accessories as the first step in appraising their worth

  -  Identifying the maker, style and period of jewelry are key to researching their value. In general, jewelry can be classified in terms of its materials, for example if made in silver or other precious metals and have encrusted jewels of some value, it...READ MORE

BRITISH PSEUDO-MARKS & HALLMARKS ON ANTIQUE SILVER & SILVERWARE

- The word “pseudomark” or “pseudo-mark” literally means “fake mark”. However, this definition is a bit too broad and simplistic when applied to silver antiques. In reality, most pseudo-marks used on antique silver were genuine and often registered makers’ marks that had a remarkable resemblance to authentic British sterling hallmarks. Their primary intention was to make items appear as genuine British sterling... READ MORE

MODERNIST JEWELRY & SILVER MARKS

- In a general and very brief sense, Modernism refers to an aesthetic movement that begun as a response to traditional forms of expression in the Arts & Culture. In western societies, its beginnings are generally thought to coincide with the Industrial Revolution of the late 19thC. It is generally characterized with a departure from Romanticism & Realism or Classicism that had remained the predominant veins of artistic thought ca 17thC onwards. Yet, at least in its initial... READ MORE

RUSSIAN SILVER MARKS: Discover the ornate world of Russian Jewelers & Silversmiths of 18thC to Present

- Russia has a long tradition of silversmithing and jewelry making since at least the mid 17thC. However, it was not until the 1840s when Peter the Great enacted several reforms that encouraged the Arts & Aesthetics, which then gave sudden rise to a multitude of new Artisans in Silver & Jewelry and whose creations were mostly in the prevalent European styles of the day. Around... READ MORE

SILVER & SILVERPLATE DURING THE VICTORIAN ERA

- Silver was the chief status symbol of the Victorian era. There was nothing new in this: gold and silver had long been used as the expression of power and wealth of those in high places, and from the beginning of the eighteenth century at least, they had become important to people lower down the social scale. In the earlier part of the century, members of... READ MORE

ENGLISH ANTIQUE ENAMELS

- The art of enameling in Europe has a history going back to the Middle Ages, and many processes are known. The type of enamel produced in England in the eighteenth century has become known as painted enamel, a term not entirely appropriate since many English enamels are transfer-printed. The method consisted of first coating the base, a copper plate, on both sides with a vitreous enamel... READ MORE

FRENCH STYLE AMERICAN SILVER

- The appreciation and therefore the collecting, of French-styled domestic (US) silver is comparatively recent. It was not until the middle of the nineteenth century that several far-sighted amateurs, realizing the beauty of old French plate and its rapidly increasing rarity, began to acquire it themselves and took steps to educate others against its destruction. Probably the domestic silver of... READ MORE

ROLLED SHEFFIELD SILVER PLATE

- It was about 1743 when Thomas Boulsover discovered that an ingot of copper could be given a coating of silver by means of fusion by heat, and that the two metals united could be worked into shape as one. Copper always retained its silver covering, however thinly it was rolled. First, Boulsover used plated copper for making small wares. In the 1750s and 1760s the new process was taken up by other manufacturers and quickly became one of Sheffield... READ MORE


Share this page with your friends...

Identify Jewelry and Precious Metals
Sign Up

Helping our members since 2004

Terms and Conditions | Privacy Notice | Sitemap
© Copyrighted Material - All rights reserved. Conforms to W3C Standard