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At Viners' original Sheffield site, a DWP office block replaced the cutler's head office, a tile warehouse took over part of what had been the company's manufacturing area and a shopfitting firm used what had been its warehousing space.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.The duty mark was only struck in certain years and when found, will take the form of either a King or Queen’s head, depending on who was on the throne at the time. To the collector, the main importance of this mark is that it helps you find the date letter.The King's head duty mark was first struck in 1784.The company started importing cutlery to finish and stamp "Made in Sheffield." Loans for expansion were crippling the firm and they went bust in 1985.The brand is now owned by Liverpool's family-owned Rayware housewares group which, since 1975, the Rayware Group had acquired some of the UK’s best known British brands including Mason Cash, Kilner, Typhoon, Price & Kensington, Ravenhead and Arthur Wood, as well as Viners.
One of the sons, Ruben Viner, became the driving force in the 20th century to expand the company.
From 1786 to Victoria's reign, the King's head Duty Mark always faces right and is embossed like all other hallmarks.
When Victoria came to the throne in 1837, the mark was replaced with the Queen's head duty mark which always faces left. Go to the appropriate section in Bradburys for the given town.
Armed with this book, the process of reading these marks can be split into the 5 simple steps shown below.
Bradbury's book of hallmarks was last updated in 2014 by the Sheffield Assay office.
Look for a matching date letter with or without the duty mark as needed.