The arrival of the Fascist Party in the 1920s meant that in 1934, new statutes were issued regarding silver marking.
This well organised system was introduced in 1935 so as to add uniformity to the hallmarking structure. The new mark which was chosen was described as a ‘lozenge’ shape, and the number within the ‘lozenge’ corresponded to a specific maker.
The Italian silver hallmarking system also used an abbreviation of two letters of the province which the maker was from, to further identify the provenance of the piece. Finally, the silver purity was marked onto each item within an oval, denoting either 800 or 925 per 1000, however the 800 itself was an unofficial mark and there was no uniformity in its shape.
Furthermore, the Fascist party insisted that the symbol for ‘Fasces’ – an axe bundled with Birch sticks- was included within the hallmark ‘lozenge’. After the fall of the party in 1944, the symbol was removed from within the marker’s mark.
In 1968, new legislation ordered that the lozenge shaped maker’s mark be changed to a rectangle with pointed sides, with a five pointed star symbol on the left side.