William James Holmes brooch?

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William James Holmes brooch?

Postby Hallibag » Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:25 pm

This silver brooch appears to be marked for maker William James Holmes, assayed in Birmingham in 1893. Yet, according to the research I’ve done, this silversmith didn’t register his seriphed WJH mark until 1897, four years later. Can anyone help me out?

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Re: William James Holmes brooch?

Postby silvermakersmarks » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:19 am

You are correct in identifying the hallmark date as 1893 (or more correctly 1893/94 as the hallmark year began during the calendar year) and, in addition the design registration date is 1894. I suspect that you may have found the 1897 date at http://www.silvermakersmarks.co.uk/Make ... WK.html#WJ. The dates quoted there for this Holmes mark (1897 to 1935) are dates for which the mark has been seen and are neither absolute working dates nor registration dates. Registration dates for marks on that site are specifically quoted as, for example, "(registered Jan 1900)". Next time you check the site you may see that the earliest date will have been altered to 1893, depending on when I get round to uploading the amendment.

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Re: William James Holmes brooch?

Postby Hallibag » Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:44 pm

Wonderful - thank you, Phil!


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