A few quick questions regarding hallmarking when selling to Europe
from the UK.
I am an amateur maker of very small numbers of silver French horn
mouthpieces which a few people in Europe have expressed an interest
in buying. I am considering selling by word-of-mouth and perhaps
also by Ebay - using Paypal for any transactions. Potentially the
mouthpieces could go to any country in Europe or perhaps the USA.
I have signed up with the London Assay Office and I’m about to send
my first batch of mouthpieces to be hallmarked. It isn’t actually a
legal requirement here as musical instrument parts are exempt from
hallmarking, but as mymouthpieces are copies of antiques I wanted to
reduce a very real potential for fraud.
I was initially going to ask for just the UK hallmarks - as I don’t
like the duplication of having 925 stamped on both for the UK
hallmark and for the convention hallmark. I also wanted to limit the
clutter of having lots of stamps over the mouthpieces. However, I
then started to wonder whether I would be causing trouble by not
using the convention hallmark - either trouble for myself, or
trouble for European buyers if they wished to sell the mouthpieces
on in the future.
My understanding is that within Europe, hallmarking laws have been
relaxed considerably due to a ruling in Holland whereby member
states now have to recognise each other’s hallmarks, even when less
stringent than their own. I also believe that if I sell a mouthpiece
made and hallmarked in Britain to a buyer in (for example) France,
via Ebay, then British law oversees the sale? I realise I will have
to declare any sales to the taxman!
Is my understanding correct, and is there anything else that I
should be aware of prior to selling any mouthpieces?
I have looked for good articles on these issues (as I always do
before posting a question) however didn’t find much. If anybody
knows of some good guides, I’d be very grateful for a link.