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United Kingdom


The first two letters represent the 'maker's mark'.  The anchor signifies that the thimble was assayed in Birmingham, the lion passant is present on all hallmarked silver since1544 and thought to represent the assay office coming under royal control, and lastly there is a date letter.

                                 

                                                               The main town assay marks are
:
 
Birmingham


Chester


Dublin


Edinburgh


Exeter


Glasgow


London


Newcastle


Sheffield


York




Click on the town mark to identify the makers mark (gold and silver thimble makers marks)


Date letters for each assay office may be found at:
http://www.925-1000.com/british_marks.html


If you do not find the mark on your thimble you can also look at   'Thimble select'.




Additional markings on British thimbles:






Design Registration mark 1842-1843 (see http://www.thimblesmith.co.uk/cgi-bin/main.do)











Patented and Rd -registered design number (see (http://www.thimblesmith.co.uk/cgi-bin/main.do).







Rd - registered design number (see http://www.thimblesmith.co.uk/cgi-bin/main.do).






Additional resources

British Registered Design Thimbles.  Spicer, N and Pelham-Burn D.

English Silver Hall-Marks.  Banister J.  London, 1970.  W Foulsham and Co. Ltd.
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