House Mark: A company's mark on an item indicating who manufactured it. Often incorrectly called a maker's
Hatching: A type of decoration consisting of close parallel lines to give the effect of shading. See also Cross
Hand Wrought: Articles made entirely by hand or with hand tools and without using mechanical tools.
Hammered Finish: A form of decoration of an uneven textured surface resulting in
metal being repeatedly worked on with small, light hammers.
Hallmark: The official mark of an assay office or "hall" struck on a piece of
silver or gold guaranteeing its standard of purity. Should not be confused with
maker’s marks, a hallmark is only applied after an item has been assayed. The
mark to the right is from a piece of English silver showing the maker's mark
(Peter, Ann and William Bateman), the lion passant (sterling standard), the leopard's head crowned (London hall),
a date letter (for 1801-1802), and a duty mark (duty paid). The only time in U.S. history where silver was
hallmarked was in the city of Baltimore, MD, from 1814 to 1830. Other than that brief period, American silver is
Haft: The handle of a knife.
Honey Pot: A dish with a lid for holding honey, often beehive shaped.
Holloware: Articles of silver that are hollow, usually associated with food and drink serving items such as bowls,
pitchers, and drinking vessels but also includes vases, candlesticks, etc.
Hollow Handled: Cutlery and many fancy pieces are made by attaching a sterling handle to the blade, tines, etc.
These handles are made of two hollow halves which are soldered together.
HH: Common abbreviation for hollow handled.
Hanap: A very fancy goblet with a lid, historically used at state dinners.