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Giving Sheffield’s stamp since 1773

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sheffield’s Assay Office has been in business for nearly 230 years and is still going from strength to strength. Meg Munn MP recently visited the facility and was given a tour by Sheffield Assay Master, Ashley Carson.

 

Meg was able to see many of the processes and services provided by the Assay team in the city.  They hold an extensive library detailing their own as well as Sheffield’s history, they provide hallmarking for both local and international businesses alongside analytical services such as nickel testing and metal and mineral analysis.

 

There has been an Assay Office in Sheffield since 1773 when local silversmiths, who resented the inconvenience of having to send their wares to London for hallmarking, joined Birmingham petitioners to ask Parliament for their own office.

 

Meg said:

 

“It was fantastic to be taken around the site by Assay Master Ashley, who having worked there since he was 17 really is an expert in his field.

 

More than 200 years after it first opened its doors, Sheffield Assay Office still protects consumers and manufacturers alike, maintaining its reputation for integrity and efficiency. The team are rightly proud of their history, and are moving with the times to provide services that are useful in today’s market.”

 

For information on the Assay Office in Sheffield visit: http://www.assayoffice.co.uk/

 

Associated Photograph :

Meg and Ashley looking for a recently stamped Hallmark on a delicate piece of jewellery.

Meg and Ashley looking for a recently stamped Hallmark on a delicate piece of jewellery.


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