In 1719 Parliament established the standard for purity for sterling silver and instituted a mark indicating that an item is of sufficient purity to be deemed sterling.That standard means an item is made of 92.5% pure silver.
Until 1839 there had been copyright protection for some textiles, but most areas of the decorative arts, such as glass, metalwork, ceramics and wallpapers, had no copyright protection at all.
The mark is a Lion Passant-the image of a lion walking, facing left.
You may be sure that an object bearing this mark is English sterling silver made after 1719.
Selling Rogers Brothers Silver The most important item to know is whether or not your silver is sterling.
No matter who you sell to, usually sterling silver is more valuable than silver plate, stainless steel, copper or some other non-precious metal.