Bit of a challenge I’m afraid.
Just got a new piece and trying to make some guesses as to it’s origin.
The lion passant is quite clear from the front - right hand side of the cross.
However, both the makers mark and hallmarks are quite worn. My best guess is possibly an LG or L&C?
Any opinions/thoughts welcome!
Thanks in advance.
P.S. I’m thinking Birmingham 1856? But not sure on the makers mark at all…
As what I presume to be a Birmingham anchor is on its side this can only date from 1860 to 1899. The date letter should not be on its side so it should not be 1856 H anyway. I can’t see any evidence of a duty mark, but the hallmark is so worn it may also have gone. So, sorry, no answers…
I thought the anchor was only on it’s side on gold pieces at that time?
P.S. I’m just going off what I can find online, I don’t mean to sound presumptuous
You probably won’t find anything about the sideways anchor - it comes from observation. References, even the Birmingham Assay Office, show the anchor vertical.