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 wonder of the web offers a gateway to many Internet resources related to hallmarks via government and national agencies, educational organizations, private study groups, corporate sites, and private sites.
The French assay mark for sterling silver is the head of the goddess Minerva.
You can't pore over auction records and price guides to find values for your silver and silver plated antiques if you don't know exactly what you have, including when and where it was produced along with who made it.
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The hallmark for sterling silver varies from nation to nation, often using distinctive historic symbols, although Dutch and UK Assay offices no longer strike their traditional hallmarks exclusively in their own territories and undertake assay in other countries using marks that are the same as those used domestically.
This page is designed to offer links to the more useful sites already established as well as promote them by noting their relevance.
Whether you want to buy or to sell jewelry or watches, the first step in figuring out value is to identify what it is, when and where it was made, and by whom.
The famous story ends with Archimedes running through the streets shouting "eureka, eureka" after he found a means to expose the deceit while he sat in a bath tub.
Although the technicalities in this legendary story are most likely based on myth, it does give an early account of fraud with precious metals.