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The word "hallmarked" which is used by most people to describe their items, doesn't automatically mean that the item is solid silver.  Personally, i always look for the lion, which is the true mark of solid sterling (925) grade silver.  The lion is normally accompanied by a leopards head (London), the anchor (Birmingham), the rose or the later crown (Sheffield), and more. There's also the makers' initials among the marks  A book that i highly recommend is (English silver hallmarks) by Judith Bannister.  This very affordable paperback is available on Ebay/Amazon and other online booksellers. I wouldn't be without mine.  Be very aware of sellers who state in their listings---"I'm not sure if it's solid silver, but please see the pics".  These items are normally plated and worth a fraction of the real thing, and  are aimed at un knowledgeable, naive buyers.
RULE OF THUMB---IF  THERE ISN'T A LION OR ,  (NUMBERS NORMALLY FOUND ON CONTINENTAL SILVER 925===900===800 ETC.) THEN IT ISN'T SILVER!!!!  
thesilvercollection        and  925/1000 are 2 easy to navigate  silver hallmark sites that i recommend to all followers of this silky smooth beautiful metal.   You can Email me through Ebay should you need any help, i'm passionate about silver and only too glad to advise on all matters relating to it...Peter.
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