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The Frenchman employs the word silver to designate money, the wealthy Englishman uses the word gold, and the poorer old Roman brass (æs).

Silver and gold articles are marked with five marks: the maker’s private mark, the standard or assay mark, the hall mark, the duty mark, and the date mark. The standard mark states the proportion of silver, to which figure is added a lion passant for England, a harp crowned for Ireland, a thistle for Edinburgh, and a lion rampant for Glasgow. (For the other marks, see Mark.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Silk Gown
Silk Purse
Silken Thread
Silly is the German selig (blessed)
Silly Season (The)
Siluria—that is
Silurian Rocks
Silver was
Silver Cooper (The)
Silver Fork School
Silver Lining
Silver Pheasant (A)
Silver Spoon
Silver Star of Love (The)
Silver Streak (The)
Silver Trumpet (A)

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