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Hallmarks are small markings stamped on gold, silver and platinum articles.A British Hallmark means that the article has been independently tested and guarantees that it conforms to all legal standards of purity (fineness).Understanding British Hallmarks The 8 hallmarks that guarantee the quality and value on UK Assayed products.

This dial is typical of about 1800: I can’t stress strongly enough – these people are NOT CLOCKMAKERS , they are the people who made the dials which the clockmakers used.

The clockmaker’s name is usually on the dial, but the dialmaker’s name is often stamped on the reverse of the dial or cast into the “falseplate”.

Where two dialmakers’ names are stamped there, it is often when one maker took over the unused stock of another and a very useful guide indeed for dating a dial.

For a full understanding, read Brian Loomes’ book “Painted Dial Clocks”.

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