Finnish Silver Hallmark
Finland / Finnish Silver Marks, Illustrated & Explained
Finland Maker (Miettinen & Nurmi) - Silver Cigarette Box
Finnish adopt a metal hallmarking system similar to Swedish Silver. Reading the above silver hallmark from left to right.
- Maker's Mark,
- Control Stamps / Assay Mark,
- Silver Purity,
- Town Mark and
- Date Code (M7 = 1965)
1) Marker Mark
This is always the first marking on Silver articles from Finland. Basically it identifies the silversmith that manufacture the article. It is typically in 2-3 alphabetical characters or/and abbreviation of the silversmith or retailers.
2) Control Stamps / Assay Marks
Control Stamps or Assay Marks is the mark that identify the metal and guarantees the fineness of the metal in the article. Below is an example of typical Finland Assay Mark adopted since 1810. Finland has an import mark that look similar. Please see the two mark below.
Finland Assay mark (Above): Crown inside a heart silver hallmark
Finland import mark (Above): crown in oval silver hallmark
3) Silver Purity or Metal Fineness mark
The fineness of a precious metal is indicated on the mark in thousandths of mass. In the example of using Silver, a 830 mark would means the article contains 83% of silver and the remaining consists of other metal alloys.
4) Town Mark
This identifies where the item was tested and assayed.
5) Date Mark