Kitemarks

Kite Mark.jpg

Design Registration Mark or "Kitemark".
Photo Courtesy of Lang Antiques.

During the Victorian Era in Great Britain, in addition to their hallmarking conventions, a diamond-shaped (or lozenge-shaped) Design Registration Mark (1842-1883), known as a "kitemark" was used on jewelry and other decorative arts. These marks were stamped to indicate the date a particular design was registered, similar to a patent mark. Since kitemarks simply register designs they cannot be relied on to provide an accurate date of manufacture.

Kitemarks from 1842-1867 consisted of the "Class" at the top within a circle, the "Year" at the top, the "Month" at the left point, "Day" at the right and "Bundle" number at the bottom. From 1868-1883 the "Day" was at the top, "Bundle" on the left, "Year" on the right and "Month" at the bottom.

These marks can be helpful in circa dating a piece but do little, if anything, to identify the maker. Kitemarks were replaced by Registration Serial Numbers in 1884.

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Kitemark 1842-1867

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Kitemark 1868-1883

Kitemark Month Codes
C

January

G

February

W

March

H

April

E

May

M

June

I

July

R

August

D

September

B

October

K

November

A

December

Kitemark Year Codes
V

1850

Z

1860

O

1870

J

1880

P

1851

R

1861

A

1871

E

1881

X

1842

D

1852

O

1862

I

1872

L

1882

H

1843

Y

1853

G

1863

F

1873

K

1883

C

1844

J

1854

N

1864

U

1874

A

1845

E

1855

W

1865

S

1875

I

1846

L

1856

Q

1866

N

1876

F

1847

K

1857

T

1867

V

1877

U

1848

B

1858

X

1868

D

1878

S

1849

M

1859

H

1869

Y

1879