An especially useful aspect is that it is small enough to be carried along when visiting antique shops, flea markets, and consignment stores.
The book includes a Preface, which details the organizational principles of the book; a lengthy Introduction, which provides information on the various components of hallmarks (such as date letters, duty marks, and standards); as well as helpful, separate sections on British, Scottish, and Irish marks, a useful caution about suspect marks (such as those that are improperly stamped by forgers), and marks on gold and platinum.
The bulk of the book is devoted to assay office marks, organized by city/town, and makers marks.
There is also a separate section on Old Sheffield Plate, as well as an Index organized alphabetically by maker marks.
Although there are many books on the market which can be used to help read hallmarks, the standard book of reference, used by dealers and collectors world wide is Bradbury's Book of Hallmarks.
This pocket sized reference contains all of the marks that one is likely to encounter on a regular basis.
The vast majority of English, Scottish and Irish silver produced in the last 500 years is stamped with either 4 or 5 symbols, known as hallmarks.From 1327 onward, it became an offence to sell any precious metal in Great Britain and its territories without appropriate hallmarks.This long history of British hallmarks makes our hallmarking system one of the most highly structured and respected in the world.Only metal of the required standard will be marked.It is a form of consumer protection, whose origin goes back almost 1000 years.To differentiate cycles different fonts, uppercase and lowercase letters and various cartouches are used.