Silver hallmarks from 1814 on the handle of a piece of silver cutlery. A hallmark is an official mark made on an item of precious metal to guarantee the quality of the metal. In the past this was done by guilds, and later by assay offices. Hallmarks usually indicate the metal, who who made the item, and the year of marking. The three marks here (from left) are the duty mark for George III; the date letter (T) for the year 1814; and the lion passant (walking lion) mark for sterling silver (.925 quality). At the top of the handle is the maker's mark (MSES) for Mary and Elizabeth Sumner. Above this is a faint town of origin mark for London.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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