Dating antique silver domina dating
Antique silver hallmarks have been used to control the quality of goods made of silver since the 14th century and the organisation that regulates the craft, Goldsmiths Hall, gave the world the term hallmark.
The laws governing silver hallmarking are very strict and if an item does not comply with a standard the item will not be hallmarked and will probably be destroyed.
The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh was thought to be in the 1490’s and the earliest surviving records date from 1525.
The hallmarking of Irish silver began towards the middle of the 17th century.
This mark became crowned in 1478 and remained crowned until 1821.
Since 1821, the uncrowned leopard’s head has remained as the distinguishing mark of London.