In Great Britain, silver hallmarks were introduced in the 1320s.From 1327 onward, it became an offence to sell any precious metal in Great Britain and its territories without appropriate hallmarks.Hallmarks are required on all pieces of silver and precious metal including jewellery.These hallmarks tell buyers something about the purity of the silver, when the piece was manufactured and who manufactured it.The custom of solemnly dedicating or consecrating buildings as churches or chapels set apart for Christian worship must be almost as old as Christianity itself.British Silver Hallmarks were first introduced in 1327.It is now illegal in most countries to sell commercial silver without the appropriate hallmarks.To the untrained eye, the hallmarks look like nothing more than artistic enhancements. The trained silver trader can instantly tell the value of a piece simply by observing its hallmarks.
This practice, which once was used to gain the patronage and support of the person so addressed, is now only a mark of affection or regard.For the Catholic Church, the rite of dedication is described in the Caeremoniale Episcoporum, chapters IX-X, and in the Roman Missal's Ritual Masses for the Dedication of a Church and an Altar.In the Church of England, a consecrated church may only be closed for worship after a legal process (a "pastoral scheme").Here we are offering a beautiful pair of Bisque figurines 13 inches tall. Pair of fine Dresden dishes or shallow bowls that are hand painted and gilded with floral sprays. This is a beautiful encrusted antique large porcelain egg on cabriole legs, about 9inches tall. This is a Victorian figurine of a lady on her horse.As you can see the detail is excellent so these are a superior bisque,either French or German in origin and both made in the last quarter of the Victorian era.,c1880. Of a good size and in good conditon,measuring 10.5inches across. A very nice and complete coffee set,with 6 cups and saucers,milk jug,covered sugar bowl with lid and coffee pot. The gilding excellent,and the quality superb...£80 complete. There is no backstamp but it would have been made by the aforementioned. As you can see it is encrusted with flowers and leaves. I believe the lady is one of the characters in Welsh History called "The Ladies of Llangollen".