Originally Posted by ThinkDerm
I like the keeper. Details?
Its a sterling silver keeper for an 1 1/4 strap, principally as an option for the Sterling West End but will go with other single sided Sterling buckles in due course. Its been hallmarked at Goldsmiths in London and the various marks are, from left to right
EL - Us, we made it so it has our sponsors mark
The Lion - The traditional Fineness symbol of Sterling Silver
925 - The compulsory metal and fineness symbol - again for Sterling
The Leopard - The mark to show the keeper was assayed in London
M - the date, 2011 in this case
The marks are 3mm and deliberately visible - we tend to have a reasonably conservative hallmarking scheme with the buckles, they are marked on the top face of the buckle so you can see them as you look down at a belt being worn, but they aren't visible to others (unless in very close proximity!). The keeper is quite the opposite, bold marks on the face that are an integral part of the design. As ever we can place marks more or less where people like if they have strong preferences though, so a buckle could have a more obvious set of marks and the keeper less so.
This keeper is a £55 option in addition to the price of the belt/buckle.
Hope this helps,