Dating english silver plate
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This is a very handy, easy to use guide to the main English, Edinburgh and Dublin Silver Hall Marks in good quality paper-back form.
It covers also a good deal of Silverplate, Gold and Platinum & Sheefield plate.
You never know what to expect when called out to provide a house contents valuation.
A friend of mine, who was valuing the silver collection in a grand house in East Anglia, came across an 18th-century Irish dish ring in the basement.
The silver dish ring now takes pride of place on my friend's dining table. Assay offices around the country check the purity and mark each piece that is passed.