The purpose of silver hallmarks, used in various countries, is threefold:

  • Purity of Silver: A silver hallmark gives an indication of the purity of the silver alloy used in the manufacturing or hand-crafting of a piece or item (silver forks, silver pitchers, etc.).
  • Manufacturer: A silver hallmark identifies the manufacturer (silversmith, company, etc.) of a relevant piece or item made of silver.
  • Date and/or Location: A silver hallmark notes the date and/or location of the manufacturer (silversmith, company, tradesman, etc.)

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