I’m new to this forum and looking forward to learning more about hallmarks on silver. I’m trying to find out more about a silver fork owned by a friend of mine. I think it’s foreign. She would be thrilled to know more about it. I’ve photograohed the hallmarks. Can anyone help to identify them?
Thank you for your time.
No, it’s not foreign, but neither, unfortunately, is it silver. The fork was made by Daniel & Arter of Birmingham. The 2 Old English letters are EP which stand for electroplate. Electroplating is an electrochemical process in which a very thin layer of silver is deposited on a base metal. It is likely that the letter C indicates the quality (thickness) of the plating. The best quality is A1 so C comes some way down the scale.
Thank you very much for the prompt reply.
It doesn’t matter that it’s not valuable because we had good fun trying to find the hallmarks in Jacksons Hallmarks book. It’s revived an old interest that I’m looking forward to getting back into.
Thanks again for your help.