I am new to this forum but am hoping that someone out there may be able to help me. I have an oldish silver teapot that has some interesting hallmarks on the bottom of it which I have been unable to identify. I’ve attached some rather amateurish photos of the marks and would welcome any suggestions as to what they mean.
Welcome to the forum, Sal.
The hallmarks show that your teapot is sterling silver (925/1000 fineness), was made by George Angell & Co and was assayed in London during the assay year 1863/64. The walking lion (lion passant) is the English standard mark for sterling, the uncrowned leopard’s head is the mark of the London Assay Office, in use since 1821, and the lower case letter h in gothic script is the date letter for 1863/64. The profile head of Victoria shows that the relevant duty was paid on the silver content. Finally GA is the particular mark of the silversmith.
Thank you so much for your information, the teapot is a family heirloom and I have often wondered about its history. Sally.