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Also be aware that the tables of date letters in most references are only for silver items, see Cautions about Hallmark Tables.
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There are 90 images (or so) of date stamps from the last 300 years, which should help to determine the age of a piece.
The little “dot” beside the H is normal, and a relic of the silversmithing of the piece. Originally this was a tax “for the encouragement of tillage”, but after 1806 when Irish silver was struck with the king’s head duty mark it became the mark signifying the Dublin Assay Office. The Hibernia mark was only introduced in 1730, and the monarch’s head mark came in in 1806, so we do not expect to see either. Unlike the first photo, the marks are not in an orderly line. Clockwise from the top left we see the harp crowned (purity), the letter “h” (1727 in this case), and TW for the maker, Thomas Walker.The testing (assay) and hallmarking of gold and silver items in Britain goes back to the year 1300.At first the wardens of the Goldsmiths' company would visit guild members workshops and stamp their work with the mark of the leopard's head.
The marks serve several functions: * they verify that the item is of the correct quality. * where appropriate, they record that duty has been paid on the item. The year in which a piece of Irish silver was made can be determined by the date letter – this is one of the marks described above, applied by the assay office when it is hallmarked.