Between 1708 and 1853 the crown is often incorporated with the date letter struck on small objects.
The work they part or wholly produced was marked under somebody else's name.
Today and for the past few centuries, this stamp or silver hallmark has shown the place and year of manufacture of the assayed silver item, as well as the silversmith who made or sponsored the item.
This was pressed or rolled at both ends to provide the recess for the glass at the front and an undercut at the rear for the case back to snap on to.
NOTE: Since 1 January 1999 the traditional fineness mark e.
Therefore many bypassed the British assay offices.