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Only metal of the required standard will be marked.It is a form of consumer protection, whose origin goes back almost 1000 years.Russian silver fineness was measured in 'zolotniks' and '84' corresponding to 87.5% silver is the mark most commonly seen on Russian thimbles Finnish thimbles are usually marked inside the top. Small articles are not required to be marked in Denmark so that one often only finds a fineness mark and a maker's mark either in the top or on the border of the thimble.There may be a maker's mark, a national mark (crown), a purity mark, a town mark and a date code. Some thimbles may be marked 'Denmark' or 'Sterling'.The prime purpose of these marks is to show that the metal of the item upon which they are stamped is of a certain level of purity.The metal is tested and marked at special offices, regulated by the government, known as assay offices.
Usually it is impossible to tell how much of the pure metal is in the alloy by visual appearance, weight or touch.There are so many different hallmarks found on British silver that to know all of them would be impossible.Fortunately, with the use of a single reference book, it is possible for even a complete novice to decipher the vast majority.Therefore, hallmarking is generally done before the piece goes for its final polishing.One of the most highly structured hallmarking systems in the world is that of the United Kingdom, (Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland), and Ireland.