A silver object that is to be sold commercially is, in most countries, stamped with one or more silver hallmarks indicating the purity of the silver, the mark of the manufacturer or silversmith, and other (optional) markings to indicate date of manufacture and additional information about the piece.In some countries, the testing of silver objects and marking of purity is controlled by a national assayer's office.pattern is considered among Tiffany's most beautiful and luxurious designs. Grosjean, the motif incorporates traditional Baroque shapes with a modern, nature-inspired motif.quickly became the most highly prized and luxurious of all Tiffany patterns.Sometimes the shapes of serving utensils didn’t tell you much about their use.
“Downton Abbey” may have wrapped its final season, but scenes of gloved butlers meticulously placing fine silver flatware on the Crawley mahogany dining table have created renewed interest in sterling silver flatware.
Marks indicate it is Britannia gauge silver made by (or for) Paul de Lamerie (taken to or) in London and dated 1732 (it could have been made a year or two earlier than 1732).
The French assay mark for sterling silver is the head of the goddess Minerva.
Some patterns were meant to mimic the styles of earlier eras or places—Louis XIV-inspired patterns, evoking the opulent grandeur of 17th- and 18th-century France, are particularly common. Most companies produced multiple patterns at a time, each with a descriptive or important-sounding name—from Buttercup, Daffodil, and Narcissus to Canterbury, Lafayette, and Duke of York.
These patterns were often made continuously for decades, so the name of a maker and a pattern is not necessarily the best way to date a piece.