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Sheffield Assay Office Guardian completes hallmarking book!

08 May 2015


Mr Grice Book

The Leopard, The Lion, The Crown and The Rose by Robert Grice

Hallmarking is the oldest form of consumer protection in the UK, which has existed since 1300. Used to verify the accuracy of gold, silver and other precious metal. Gold and silver have always been important to man throughout the centuries he has sought to verify the precious metals in his possession.

The book tells the fascinating story of hallmarking, a story which includes kings, queens, lawful citizens, skilful goldsmiths, duty dodgers, counterfeiters, forgers, a medical student, an Indian Maharaja and gold rush prospectors. So if you want to know the story of hallmarking come follow the trail of the Leopard and the Lion.

If you would like to obtain a copy of the book please contact

The books are complimentary but we would kindly ask that you would consider making a donation to The Trading Standards Institute, College of Fellows by completing one of the forms inside the book.

Robert Grice is a Guardian of the Sheffield Assay Office and has been undertaking research on the book for the last 7 years, using the wonderful Library and Archives at the Sheffield Assay Office. The book has kindly been sponsored by The Goldsmiths Company, Assay Office, London. 

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