A hallmark is an official stamp, mark or device that indicates an item's authenticity and origin. Hallmarks on Harmony Kingdom figurines reveal the year the piece was produced, the year the piece was carved, who the artist is and the edition. Two kinds of hallmarks are found on Harmony Kingdom figurines: the carved hallmarks and the Crown Stamp. This information is also found in the Spring 2002 issue of "The Queen's Courier," the official newsletter of the Royal Watch Collector's Club.
The year of creation hallmark indicates the year the carving of the piece was completed.
Year of Creation Hallmarks
1995: Apple/Bomb. The bomb pays tribute to the Oklahoma City tragedy
1996: Diamond/Coffin. Commemorates Martin and Corinna Perry's tour of a morgue on New Year's Day, 1996.
1997: Heart. The heart shows the excitement over the introduction of Lord Byron's Harmony Garden® and Lord Byron's search for love.
1998: Star. Stars appeared on "Sneak Preview," the first Box Figurine produced in 1998.
1999: Half Moon. The half moon represents the eve of the millennium.
2000: Double diamond/MM. Two capital letter "M's" in mirror image indicate the year 2000. M is the roman numeral for 1000.
2001: Smiley Face. We made it to the new millennium! Also references the smiley faces, or "emoticons" used to show emotion on the World Wide Web.
2002: Peace Sign. This symbol indicates hopefulness for world peace.
Each artist uses a special hallmark to "sign" their work.
Peter Calvesbert: P & C intertwined. This hallmark looks like a snake curled around a staff. Peter Calvesbert began using this hallmark in 1995.
Peter Calvesbert: PC in circle. In December 1995 Peter Calvesbert began using this hallmark.
Monique Baldwin: Eye. This unique hallmark belongs to Monique Baldwin, artist for Harmony Garden.
Adam Binder: Gecko. Adam Binder created this hallmark after observing a gecko in his yard.
Mark Ricketts: R. Mark Ricketts carves his "R" in various places on his works.
Sherman Drackett: S in circle.
David Lawrence: DL in circle.
Martin Perry Studios: M in circle.
Ann Richmond: AR. Ann Richmond's "R" appears under her larger "A."
Version Numbers and Infinity
From 1997 to 1999, special hallmarks indicated the version of the piece. In 1999, these edition hallmarks were replaced with an infinity symbol after the first 5000 boxes. The first 5000 pieces produced retain the "1" hallmark.Some limited editions may only have edition number "1."
For Pieces Produced from January 1997 - January 1999
1 First 3000 boxes
2 Second 3000 boxes
For Pieces Produced from January 1999 - Present
1 First 5000 boxes
Infinity symbol (?) All pieces after the first 5000.
Another hallmark is the clock face, used to indicate the month carving was completed. The clock may have hands or dots to indicate the month. This hallmark was used from 1995 to 1997.
Harmony Kingdom's crown stamp appears on all pieces from mid-1995 to the present. The crown itself remains consistent, but the small icon at the top of the crown changes from year to year. Thus, the crown stamp indicates the year of production. This is sometimes different from the year of carving, as artists may finish their work in one year but the piece may not actually be produced until the following year.
The crown stamp may be found on the base of the box or on the bottom of the lid. If your Box Figurine has no crown stamp, it probably was produced sometime before July 1995.
Crown Stamps - Year of Production
1995 and 1996 Crown stamp with treble clef
1997 Crown stamp with heart
1998 Crown stamp with five-pointed star
1999 Crown stamp with half moon
2000 Crown stamp with double diamond/double M
2001 Crown stamp with smiley face
2002 Crown stamp with peace sign.