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You will learn to understand and research silver origins, craftsmen, and manufacturers using hallmarks, along with a few online value guides to help you with that daunting task as well.
The following is a discussion of the major Canadian manufacturers of sterling silverware in the 20 century.
Henry Birks & Company was established in Montreal in 1879 as a retail jeweller.
This long history of British hallmarks makes our hallmarking system one of the most highly structured and respected in the world.
Finally the sponsors' mark, which should be unique, indicates the manufacturer.
Most sponsors' marks take the form of initials surrounded by a shield design – this is important, as many different sponsors may have the same initials.
British Silver Hallmarks were first introduced in 1327.
After this date, it was an offence to sell any precious metal without the appropriate hallmarks.