A stamp indicating the purity of the silver is called the assayers mark. The mark for silver meeting the sterling standard of purity is the Lion Passant, but there have been other variations over the years, most notably the mark indicating Britannia purity. The purity mark for Irish silver is the harp crowned.
What does a lion and anchor mean on silver?
If you find a lion on your piece, youll immediately know that its come from Britain. Symbols for where it was made include an anchor for Birmingham and a crown for Sheffield (in 1975, it changed to a rose). Another mark is the head of the reigning monarch. Some companies used symbols as a commercial logo.
Is silver plated tableware worth anything?
Silverplate flatware doesnt have a melt value like sterling silverware, and with a lower silver content, it is generally worth much less than sterling silver. Pawn shops will typically not buy silverplated flatware, but silver dealers such as Replacements will. You can also get a price list from their website.