ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver      NEWSLETTER # 13 MAY 2005
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THE 'VICTORIAN LOZENGE'
DATING 'REGISTERED MODEL' OF 'THE UK PATENT OFFICE'

Unlike silver items, there is no date letter on silverplate allowing to recognize the date of its manufacture.
For silverplate items the patent's date of registered models may be useful for an approximate dating.
The 'lozenge' mark used between 1842 and 1883 to certify the patent of the models registered by the UK Patent Office allows the identification of day, month and year of their registration.
 

1842 - 1867
1868 - 1883
bowl and tray
 

registry mark used between
1842 - 1867

registry mark used between
1868 - 1883
YEAR  

LETTER

MONTH
 

LETTER

YEAR  

LETTER

MONTH
 

LETTER

1842 X
January
C 1868 X
January
C
1843 H
February
G 1869 H
February
G
1844 C
March
W 1870 C
March
W
1845 A
April
H 1871 A
April
H
1846 I
May
E 1872 I
May
E
1847 F
June
M 1873 F
June
M
1848 U
July
I 1874 U
July
I
1849 S
August
R 1875 S
August
R
1850 V
September
D 1876 V
September
D
1851 P
October
B 1877 P
October
B
1852 D
November
K 1878 D
November
K
1853 Y
December
A 1879 Y
December
A
1854 J
 
 
1880 J
 
 
1855 E
 
 
1881 E
 
 
1856 L
 
 
1882 L
 
 
1857 K
 
 
1883 K
 
 
1858 B
 
 
   
 
 
1859 M
 
 
   
 
 
1860 Z
 
 
   
 
 
1861 R
 
 
   
 
 
1862 O
 
 
   
 
 
1863 G
 
 
   
 
 
1864 N
 
 
   
 
 
1866 Q
 
 
   
 
 
1867 T
 
 
   
 
 

Victorian lozenge
our 'Bee case' patent is dated 27 June 1872:
day 27 (upper corner)
month June (lower corner M)
year 1872 (right corner I)
 


From 1884 a numerical identification was attributed to new patent models. The table below reports the first serial numer attributed from 1884 to 1899
 

YEAR
FIRST

NUMBER

YEAR
FIRST

NUMBER

YEAR
FIRST

NUMBER

YEAR
FIRST

NUMBER

1884 1
1885
19754 1886 40480
1887
64520
1888 90483
1889
116480 1890 141273
1891
163767
1892 185713
1893
205240 1894 224720
1895
246975
1896 268392
1897
291241 1898 311658
1899
331707

Giorgio Busetto - 2005 -

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