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Date: 1700-1800
Origin: Goldsmiths' Hall in London, England where gold and silver articles were tested and marked

hallmark

1 noun
     
hall‧mark1 [countable]
1 an idea, method, or quality that is typical of a particular person or thing
hallmark of
These hotels still offer the sort of service which were the hallmark of the grand days of travel.
The explosion had all the hallmarks of a terrorist attack.
Their performance did not bear the hallmark of European champions.
2HCE a mark put on silver, gold, or platinum that shows the quality of the metal, and where and when it was made

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