A note on the metal mark.
In Scotland the craft was theoretically supervised by the Edinburgh Goldsmiths' Incorporation, alexporn lesbian masturbation in practice its influence outside the capital was limited and a plethora di unofficial Scottish Provincial marks was created.
The same letters were used for Gold, which has been marked in Birmingham sincebut with a background of a square with cut corners.
The Edinburgh mark is a three-turreted castle to which a thistle was added from until when a lion rampant replace the thistle ; the gangbanged gif for Sheffield was a crown until when it was replaced by a rosette, while the symbol for silver made in Birmingham is an anchor.
When it comes to looking up your mark for gold, the most important thing to match is the letter as mentioned.
As a result, the date letter cycle is usually 25 years.
A law was passed in to make it illegal to sell imported gold or silver in the UK unless it was assayed tested at a British office.
The Hallmarking Act of brought the remaining 4 British Assay Offices London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh into line with each other with the date letter now changing from on 1 January each year.
I am so familiar with what they look like, that they are almost invisible to me.
It should be noted that while the date letter has routinely been taken to represent a single year, it was not until that all date letters were changed on January 1.