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hallmark, mark impressed on silverwork or goldwork to signify official approval of the standard of purity of the metal, also called plate mark. The hallmark was introduced by statute in England in 1300 and enforced by the Goldsmiths' Hall, London. Similar marks, many of them unofficial, were used on the Continent and in America. Other marks used on plate include one for the place of assay; a date mark, usually a letter; the maker's touch, at first a symbol, later his initials or name; a duty mark, to signify payment of a tax; and the artisan's mark. Marks have also been used on plated ware, baser metals, and pottery. See china marks.

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hallmark a mark stamped on articles of gold, silver, or platinum by the British assay offices, certifying their standard of purity. Recorded from the early 18th century, the word refers to Goldsmiths' Hall in London, where articles were tested and stamped with such a mark.
don't halloo till you are out of the wood you should not exult until danger and difficulty are past (halloo means shout in order to attract attention). The saying is recorded from the late 18th century.

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hall·mark / ˈhôlˌmärk/ • n. a mark stamped on articles of gold, silver, or platinum in Britain, certifying their standard of purity. ∎  a distinctive feature, esp. one of excellence: the tiny bubbles are the hallmark of fine champagnes. • v. [tr.] stamp with a hallmark. ∎  designate as distinctive, esp. for excellence.

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hallmark Official stamp used by British government assay offices to mark the standard of gold and silver articles. The mark has four elements: the standard mark, showing the purity of the metal; the office mark, bearing the assay office's cipher; the date mark; and the maker's mark.

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