This is the unique mark of the company or person responsible for sending the article for hallmarking.
The sponsor may be the manufacturer, importer, wholesaler, retailer or an individual.
The Anchor is the symbol of Assay Office Birmingham .
Shows the year in which the article was hallmarked.
It should be noted that the head did not always change with the Monarch! The figure of Britannia was used from December 1784 to July 1785 to indicate repayment.
These are traditional standard marks that can still be used today. Since 1972 the UK has been a signatory to the international convention on hallmarks.
This means that UK Assay Offices can apply the common control mark which will then be recognised by all member countries in the convention.