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Then there are makers marks, usually only letters which will identify the maker. If you look at a piece of English silver and wonder if it is sterling or if it is plated, it is easy: if it has the Lion Passant, it is sterling; if it does not have the Lion Passant, it is not. If a piece has EPNS (Electroplated Nickel Silver) or EP (Electroplate) marked on it, then it is definitely silverplate.If it is English Sterling silver you should be able to determine the year it was made, in what city it was assayed, you will probably also be able to determine who the maker is, although those lists are far from complete. If there is a maker’s mark on it, the maker can be identified by consulting a good “mark book”.There is a mark which will tell you in what city it was assayed (i.e. London, Birmingham, Chester, Sheffield, Dublin, Edinburgh, etc.There is another mark – generally the sovereign’s head – which will certify that duty was paid on the piece.
In addition to the Lion Passant there are other marks which give more information about the sterling silver object.
The shape of the shield changed over time; the facetype of the letter changed over time; whether the letter was capitalized or not changed over time.
All of these details enable one to determine date of manufacture. From Bradbury’s Marks Book Lion Passant – indicating sterling silver; Anchor – symbol for Birmingham Assay Office; Queen Victoria’s Head; and then a letter which denotes the year of certification To determine if a piece is Old Sheffield Plate or silverplate there are many clues.
This will create a contrast between the recessed area of the stamp, which will still be tarnished, and the surrounding metal.
Use a magnifying glass if you can't make out the details.