Most silver jewelry is signed with at least two marks, one for the artisan, company or studio that made it (maker's mark) and another to denote its silver content (assay or purity mark).
Silver jewelry makers' marks are usually in the form of a pictorial logo or initials and the vast majority are well-documented and often officially registered as authentic trademarks. In most cases, these marks vary over time and with proper identification they can provide solid clues as to the period a certain item was made.
Assay or purity silver marks can be as simple as a word, e.g. STERLING, or a number, e.g. 925, or even the official Hallmark of the country of origin.
Identifying silver marks on jewelry is essential for appraising their value. Design and style aspects are also key as some jewelers are more popular or famous than others.
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236. A Sterling Silver Jewelry Casket by
Birks, American, 20th Century
Sterling silver quatrefoil casket raised on foliate feet, with a hinged lid decorated with floral border, monogramed "S." Interior lid is ... [more like this]
236. Russian Silver & Enameled Master Salt
by Pavel Ovchinnikov, ca. 1885
Silver footed bowl with gold wash interior. Lovely enamel work of stylized flowers and patterned borders. Braided rim and beadwork. Bottom ... [more like this]
236. A Silver Plated Bronze Egret Sculpture,
Japanese, Meiji Period
Sculpture of graceful bird, a symbol fortune and beauty. Wooden base is hand carved. Signed Seikoku. Bird attached to base with a post on claw through ... [more like this]
Sale 487 Lot 236
A Silver and Enameled
Cricket Cage of rounded form, decorated with lotus scrolls on a blue ground. Height 6 inches. Collection ... [more like this]
(11) Georg Jensen, Denmark salt and peppers
, 20th c., incl. (4) Louvres pattern, marked "Georg Jensen Denmark Sterling" (7) #236 pattern, marked "Georg Jensen Sterling 236 Denmark GI 925", 3.75"H, approx. 17.3ozt.Provenance: ... [more like this]
A collection of sterling silver jewelry
three Allan Adler pieces, including one white gold band, four sterling silver bangle bracelets, and a sterling silver pendant/necklace with chain sterling silver 236 grams; ... [more like this]
A George III silver Old English pattern serving
spoon, Stephen Adams I, London, 1818, engraved "C 1820", 109.3g; an Art Nouveau silver cruet set, Levi & Salaman, Birmingham, 1910, comprising: a pepper pot and a salt cellar, ... [more like this]
236. A Bowl by Meriden Brittania Co. and
a Basket by the Whiting Manufacturing Co.
Wrought silver bowl with flared rim; bears "EOB" monogram in the center; bottom marked with Meriden Brittania Co. hallmark, "1360B" ... [more like this]
An American sterling silver extensive flatware
service International Silver Co. Meriden CT 20th century International Silver Co. Meriden CT 20th century'Royal Danish' comprising: 18 dinner forks; 18 dinner knives; 17 luncheon ... [more like this]
Set of four Louis XVI style side chairs with
leather upholstered back and seats, receipt from 1976 for $1, 236. Provenance: James Gra. : leather upholstered back and seats, receipt from 1976 for $1, 236. Provenance: ... [more like this]
486. A Georg Jensen Sterling Silver And Lapis
A Georg Jensen sterling silver and lapis necklace, in the "Seed and Pod" design, approx. 16"L open, with alternating floral form links and cabachon bezel-set lapis ... [more like this]
Small Group of Georg Jensen Sterling Silver
Jewelry, Copenhagen, post-1945, three floral brooches and three small pairs of earrings, all marked. Estimate $300-500 All with post-1945 Jensen mark, all marked "Denmark" ... [more like this]
Tiffany & Co. sterling silver flatware service:
Tiffany & Co. sterling silver chrysanthemum pattern flatware service for eighteen, 173 pcs. , 236 ozt. Condition Lot includes: 9 seafood forks, 15 coffee spoons, 5 teaspoons, ... [more like this]
A silver bangle by Georg Jensen Designed
by Thor Selzer The sterling silver stylised cuff bangle of domed wave design style reference 236 hallmarked.. ... [more like this]
U.S. PAPER CURRENCY GROUP: $1 silver certificate,
serial #V66996411A, 1899, FR-236, PCGS graded VF-20; $1 silver certificate, serial #B31263667, 1899, FR-226a, PCGS graded VF-30PPQ; $2 United States Note, FR-1507*, Julian-Snyder, ... [more like this]
12 Georg Jensen Hand Hammered Sterling Plates:
12 Georg Jensen hand hammered sterling plates with decorative border. Marked on back 925 Sterling, Georg Jensen, Pattern 232H. Measures 11"W, total troy ounces 236. 4. Center ... [more like this]
VERY RARE NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1860
ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 44. SN 180235. Spectacularly engraved Army with 8" rnd bbl and wonderful 1-pc ivory grip. Bbl & frame are silver-plated while the rammer, cylinder, hammer ... [more like this]
Artist: Noyer, Denis-Paul (French, born 1940);
Gannes, Yves (French, born 1932); Bradley-Carter, Nicholas (English, born 1924); Vuillermoz, Luis (French, born 1923); Deschamps, Henri (French, born 1915); Marzelle, Jean ... [more like this]
A GEORGE III MAHOGANY LONGCASE CLOCK
wheatear engraved brass dial signed on the silvered chapter ring Thurstan Lasel [Toxteth] Pk: with matted centre, subsidiary seconds dial, date aperture and ringed winding ... [more like this]
GEORG JENSEN STERLING SILVER & PEARL BROOCH:
After 1945. No. 236. Signed Georg Jensen Denmark. 1 5/8''l. ... [more like this]
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