Silver dating marks
Many unmarked pieces of American silver were made by 1825. By 1830 the words COIN, PURE COIN, DOLLAR, STANDARD, PREMIUM, or the letters “C” or “D” were placed on silver to indicate that it was 900 out of 1000 parts silver. STERLING means that 925 out of 1000 parts are silver. Gorham Silver Company used a special mark for their Martelé silver from 1899 to 1912.Martelé was made of silver of sterling or better quality, some with 950 parts silver to each 1000 parts.If the king’s head faces right, it was made before 1850. The word STERLING indicates Ireland as well as America.COIN, DOLLAR, and STANDARD were usually American terms, but some Irish makers also used them.As its name implies, coin silver was used to produce U. Metal content of Nickel or German Silver contains copper from 50% to 61.6%, zinc from 19% to 17.2%, nickel from 30% to 21.1%, and these proportions of metals are always specified in commercial alloys.German Silver is used to make jewelry into bangles, chokers, bead and chain necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pendants, rings, pins/brooches, and jewelry sets because of its hardness, toughness and resistance to corrosion.
The price of the Sterling Silver jewelry item will be affected by the labor involved in making the item, the skill of the craftsperson, and the intricacy of the design.Silversmiths in Baltimore, Maryland, had a maker-date system from 1814 to 1830.An assay office was legally established in 1814, and marks were placed on all silver sold.Designers have crafted bead chains, chokers, necklaces, earrings, pendants, rings, bracelets, hair clips, brooches and jewelry sets using Pure Silver and an alloy additive.Products that have been crafted out of Pure Silver with alloys are ecclesiastical (of the church) and domestic plate, flatware, jewelry, buttons, buckles, boxes, toilet articles to name a few.