The first hallmarks on Scottish silver date back to the mid-15th century and they were meant to ensure a certain metal purity and protect customers from dishonest craftsmen. It was custom for Scottish silversmiths to work the gold and silver brought by their customers, and many of them obtained illicit profits adding undue quantities of alloy to the commissioned items.

There have been two Assay Offices in Scotland: Edinburgh (from the 15th century and still active today) and Glasgow, from 1819 to 1964.

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