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These hallmarks marks are seen on the vast majority of Swiss watches with silver or gold cases imported to the UK between 18 before assay and hallmarking of the cases of imported watches in a British assay office became compulsory. Items marked with the symbols introduced in December 1880 were obviously marked after that date.These hallmarks are seen on Swiss watches with silver or gold cases imported to the UK between 18.They were not used on watch cases, I don't think there was any Swiss national legal control over the fineness of gold or silver used in watch cases until the Precious Metals Control Act of 1880.Until 1880 Swiss gold watches were usually stamped with the gold fineness, usually 14 carats, a popular standard on the continent, and silver watches were often simply marked "Fine Silver" or "Argent Fin", an unspecified standard of fineness. This was not permitted for British made watches, the cuvette or "dome" had to be made of the same material as the rest of the case.
There are also complete sets of the spoons available as a gift-boxed set from Bucherer.Although the Swiss Precious Metals Control Act of 1880 defined standards for gold and silver watch cases, the British Merchandise Marks Act of 1887 caused several changes in Swiss hallmarking, in particular the two Swiss standards for silver were not accepted in Britain, and the British also inadvertently caused the Swiss to create their own national brand or trade mark "Swiss made".Swiss hallmarking before 1880 and after 1933 is rather outside the scope of this page, but I mention some of the changes made in 1933.These can be used to identify the maker of a precious metal watch case.There is a full description of this system and tables of the marks at Poinçons de Maître: Case Maker's Marks. The Swiss Precious Metals Control Act of 23 December 1880 introduced a uniform system of hallmarking for watch cases to be used throughout Switzerland with the marks shown in the picture here.