I have a bit of a strange request. I hope you don’t mind as it is a break from identifying an actual hallmark!
The image below is a t-shirt that I have with the Sheffield hallmark, I think for the year 2005. I want to get on made up for the year I was born and if I like it am thinking about getting a tattoo done. I am from Sheffield and like the idea of linking it to my birth year.
I have had a look at a few websites and have found a bit of contradictory information so I’d like to try and confirm the correct hall mark, especially before I put it on my body!
My limited research suggests the lion indicated the country, ie. England, the rose identifies the city, Sheffield and the letter identifys the year.
As far as I can see Sheffield changed its city mark in 1974 or 75 (most website say 1975 but I have seen one saying 1974) from a to the Tudor rose shown on the t-shirt image and was previously a crown. I like the Tudor rose (Yorkshire is the white rose county and it has some good history) in preference to the crown, but would this be wrong for 1974?
Again, as far as I can see, the letter for 1974 is a Copperplate font capital letter G. How is that different to the image I have on the t-shirt? Does the background symbol matter?
Using some pretty small images, I’ve got a copy of what I think is probably the correct hallmark with the crown and the one I’d like with the rose. Apologies that the images are so small.
I also notice that the tshirt and hallmarks I have found have the country mark (lion) and city mark (Tudor rose) in a different order. Does this matter?
Would someone be able to confirm if I have got the hallmark right and if it would still be a correct hallmark to use the Tudor rose in 1974.
Are you also able to point me in the right direct to find some good quality images of the hall mark that I could use to get a t-shirt made up.
Sorry for the probably basic questions.
Thanks for any help you are able to provide.