This is a list of American silver marks and solid American silver. Ornate capital letters or the fleur-de-lis were used in France.
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Silver jewelry marks can also include the region or town where the piece was made and/or dateletters to indicate the year when the piece was made.
American silver jewelry marks are fairly simple, usually including a purity mark, and sometimes a maker’s mark.
Many unmarked pieces of American silver were made by 1825. By 1830 the words COIN, PURE COIN, DOLLAR, STANDARD, PREMIUM, or the letters “C” or “D” were placed on silver to indicate that it was 900 out of 1000 parts silver. STERLING means that 925 out of 1000 parts are silver. Gorham Silver Company used a special mark for their Martelé silver from 1899 to 1912.
Martelé was made of silver of sterling or better quality, some with 950 parts silver to each 1000 parts.