King Henry II employed “Oosterlings” from Eastern Europe to assay coinage and silverware and it was then that 925 parts of silver in the thousand became the minimum assay standard known as Sterling Silver. The word Hallmark originated from the fact that the metallurgists or Oosterlings used town halls in which to assay and mark articles of silver.
PM in Oval
The first hallmark on a piece shows ‘the maker’.
The Patrick Mavros mark is registered at the Assay Office in the Goldsmiths’ Hall in London.
Sterling Silver Mark
This mark depicts a Sable antelope head within a triangle.
The mark was originally awarded to the Colony of Southern Rhodesia in 1923.
The English Date Stamp is always in the form of a letter of the alphabet.
The year 1999 was a ‘Z’ and the year 2000 was an ‘A’.
The Millenium Celebration Mark
This mark was produced specifically for the Millennium.
It depicts a cross with the figures 2000 across the four ends of the mark.