What is the purpose of silver hallmarks?
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.)