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Only metal of the required standard will be marked.
It is a form of consumer protection, whose origin goes back almost 1000 years.
He added: ‘I think that it should underline modern British values and that means it should be a company that pays taxes in this country, employs people in this country, does most of its business in this country.’The revelation follows news that Cadbury’s owner, Mondelez International, did not pay a penny of UK corporation tax last year despite generating sales of more than £2billion and profits of almost £150million.
The business started to significantly expand in the mid-19th century when the firm opened its first store on London’s Oxford Street - and Mappin, Webb & Co was formed in 1864 when George Webb joined the Mappin family’s business.
Staff members were inside the shop at the time, but police said there were no injuries.
Officers from the Met’s Flying Squad have since arrested six men in connection with the incident.
Although there are many books on the market which can be used to help read hallmarks, the standard book of reference, used by dealers and collectors world wide is Bradbury's Book of Hallmarks.
This pocket sized reference contains all of the marks that one is likely to encounter on a regular basis.
An Aurum spokesman told Sunday Times journalists Jon Ungoed-Thomas and Hannah Summers that Mappin & Webb acts ‘transparently and responsibly’ in its tax affairs and that both of them ‘are fully resident in the UK for tax purposes and always have been’.
There are so many different hallmarks found on British silver that to know all of them would be impossible.
Fortunately, with the use of a single reference book, it is possible for even a complete novice to decipher the vast majority.
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Royal photographer Mark Stewart predicted it would be a glittering evening and he was correct.