Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Makers' Marks
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Silver Marks ~ Germany ~ Before 1886

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Assay marks for silver purity found on German and Prussian silver of the 18th & 19th centuries.

The Lot system divided silver into 16 parts
16/16 = pure silver     •     15 lot =.937 14 lot =.875 13 lot =.812 12 lot =.750
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German City Marks ~ Before 1886

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The Arms of a city often reflected the imagery used in its town mark, where this was the case, an image of the city's arms is included for comparison.

Saulgau Town Marksaulgau Arms Saulgau City Mark
Schleswig Town Markschleswig Arms Schleswig Mark
Mark was sometimes included within the same cartouche as maker's mark. Schleswig is a border region that now includes parts of Denmark and Germany
Stade Town MarkStade Arms Stade City Mark
Lower Saxony
Similar to Bremen, but the key has a Gothic cross handle
Stettin Town MarkStettin Arms Stettin City Mark
Now Szczecin, Poland, mark is crowned gryphon
Stolp Town MarkStolp Arms Stolp in Pommern City Mark
Now Stupsk, Poland

stuttgart Arms
Stuttgart City Mark
The rearing horse was used in the 16th & 17th centuries. From the 18th through late 19th century, it evolved into a running horse and acquired a letter (indicating assayer) below his belly.
ulm Arms Ulm City Mark
Variations on this shield were used from the 16th through late 19th century. Sometimes without the rabbit ears at the top.
Weimar Town MarkWeimar Arms Weimar City Mark
This may or may not be for Weimar, other possibilities are: Darmstadt, Heidelberg, Hannover and early Luneburg.
Wertheim Town MarkWertheim Arms Wertheim City Mark
Variations on this mark from the 17th century onwards.
WormsTown MarkWorms Arms Worms City Mark
Standard number used from late 18th C., earlier versions show only key, usually in vertical position with handle down, teeth up.
Zwickau Town MarkZwickau Arms Zwickau City Mark                
Zerbst Town Mark Zerbst City Mark                
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Related Pages at
German Hallmarks after-1886
Hanau Pseudo-Marks
Hamburg Makers' Marks
World Hallmarks
British Hallmarks Explained
Dutch Hallmarks
French Hallmarks
Austrian Hallmarks
Swedish Hallmarks
Finnish Hallmarks
Norwegian Makers
David-Andersen Marks
Georg Jensen Marks
Mexican Silver Marks

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