One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Hall-mark. Now rare.
2An impression left on the margin of an engraving by the pressure of the plate, and regarded as a sign of the quality and authenticity of the print.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Peter Simmonds (1814–1897), newsagent and journalist. From plate + mark.
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