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Heritage Open Day at Sheffield Assay Office shines a light on Women Silversmiths’

14 Sep 2018


Image of the 1778 Sugar Basket, made by John Hoyland and Company , whom Emily Middleton was a partner in the company.
Silversmith Victoria Radcliffe at her bench, Yorkshire Artspace.

The Sheffield Assay Office was delighted to see such interest from the public forHeritage Open Day 2018. Over 20 people booked to visit the premises in Hillsborough to hear about the women silversmiths of the city past and present.

Items were on display for the day showing the work of the earliest known silversmith in the Sheffield Assay Office archives an Elizabeth Middleton who was a partner in the firm John Hoyland and Company, who registered in 1773. The visitors were delighted to see a piece made by the firm, a sugar basket dating to 1778. 

Today, Sheffield is the home to a wealth of women silversmiths’, with over half of the customers at the office being women. The visitors saw a selection of pieces made by contemporary women silversmiths, Maria Hanson, Jen Ricketts, Rebecca Joselyn and Katey Felton. 

“Thank you for an interesting and informative morning!” – Frances Barkworth(Jeweller/ Silversmith)

“Thank you for the talk on Women Silversmiths on Friday. Very interesting, lovely displays and friendly staff. Very enjoyable. - Christine Gale.

The Sheffield Assay Office was established in 1773, under an Act of Parliament. Today the company assays and hallmarks Silver, Gold, Platinum and Palladium. The Sheffield Assay Office is one of Four UK Assay Offices’ who all work to uphold the Hallmarking Act of 1973 and continue to ensure consumer protection for customers purchasing precious metals.  

If you are interested in finding out more about the assaying and hallmarking and would like to make a visit please visit.  

Telephone 01142312121 or email


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