Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Makers' Marks
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Chinese Export Silver Marks

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China Trade Silver
The marks used in the years of the China Trade Period (c. 1775 - 1880) on Chinese silver made for the Western market are often mistaken for the British Hallmarks they were intended to copy. Their resemblance to the pseudomarks found on American coin silver adds further confusion to the mix. Below are some illustrated examples with attributions and rough time frames. Also illustrated are a number of later marks from makers whom catered to the Western market.

The page is under construction, more information will be added as time allows. Most of the information here is derived from "Chinese Export Silver 1785 to 1885" by Forbes, Kernan & Wilkins (pub. Museum of the China Trade, 1975), some came anecdotally with "The Chait Collection of Chinese Export Silver" by John Devereux Kernan as the original source.
Where possible, a photographic example of the silversmith's work has been linked to his name.

Makers' Marks
C - K                             K - N                             O - W                             W - Z



SILVERSMITH MAKER'S MARK LOCATION PERIOD
Kwan Wo

Canton or Hong Kong
c.1880 - 1920
Lainchang probably Shanghai
1st h. 20th C.
Leeching


Canton, Hong Kong & Shanghai
c.1840 - c.1870

Lee Yee Hing



Hong Kong
early 20th C.
Linchong or Lynchong Canton c.1810 - 1830
Luen Hing

Shanghai
c.1910
Luen Wo

Shanghai
late 19th/early 20th C.
L Y H

unknown
early 20th C.

possibly an earlier mark of Lee Yee Hing
N
unknown
c.1830
N H

unknown
early 20th C.
NK

unknown
late 19th/early 20th C.

possibly indicates Nanking
(ref. Forbes)
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