H is the first letter of the Finnish word for silver, Hopea, and '916H' is a Finnish designation for .935 silver, see Warman's Jewelry 2nd Edition, 'Marks on Metals' for a concise listing of many silver fineness marks.'Tardy's International Hallmarks on Silver' is a great resource, and also includes the above info, and much much more, including information about the hallmarks used in Malta from about 1530 onwards.
Both of the above volumes can be found available for sale online or at quality booksellers. Hi Sande-- I'm a silversmith here in the US and often work in Ag .980 I know many people that do as well.
I am also trying to find out more information about hallmarks used in Malta, not only this century but possibly also during the times of the Knights (circa 1550-1798).
Thanks and regardssubmitted by Ray Zammit I've only run across the use of the number '916' in one instance, and that in conjunction with the letter H, ie '916H'.
Would anyone know anything about this hallmark and where it was used?In the states it is most often referred to as --fine silver--.At 98 or 99 percent it is considered about as pure as one can get.Here in Egypt we have 900 silver and up (hallmarked) and thats the most common grade of silver we have here (this applies to gold too, we dont have 9 karat or 14 karat gold here. In silver jewelry you might find less grade depending on the design.This is mostly because its elaborate and demands specific grades to be more managable and workable as most of them are hand made.