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Kitemarks

An Example of a Design Registration Mark or “Kite Mark”.

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.

Kitemark 1842-1867

Kitemark 1868-1883

Kitemark Year Codes

     
V
1850
Z
1860
O
1870
J
1880
P
1851
R
1861
A
1871
E
1881
H
1843
Y
1853
G
1863
F
1873
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

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