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Sheffield Assay Office Reflects on 240 years of History.

19 Nov 2013

The Sheffield Assay Office recently celebrated its 240th anniversary. Throughout its rich history the Assay Office has worked to uphold the reputation of the Steel City as one of the premier locations in the world for metal assay, silversmithing and metallurgy.

 As part of the historic anniversary celebrations, the entire Assay Office team was brought together to reflect on the company's proud history and look forward to a successful future. Image copyright Steve Ellis.

As part of the anniversary celebrations, the entire Assay Office team was brought together to reflect on the company’s proud history and look forward to a successful future.

Founded in 1773 after an Act of Parliament gave Sheffield the right to assess silver and bestow the town hallmark to items of the highest quality, the Assay Office is still going strong today. As one of only four Assay Organisations remaining in the UK, the Sheffield Assay Office has established a global reputation for top quality assay and work in the field of metallurgy and metal testing.

 Guardian's of the Standard of Wrought Plate within the Town of Sheffield. Image copyright Steve Ellis.

Guardian’s of the Standard of Wrought Plate within the Town of Sheffield

As well as celebrating the past we are also proud to be looking to the future. Through our ‘Little Gems’ program, an initiative designed to discover new, young silversmithing talent within the area and develop it thereby solidifying the future of the Assay Office as a byword for quality in metalwork, assay and silversmithing for generations to come.

 The Executive Committee: Simon Batiste (Law Clerk), Charles Turner, Ashley Carson (Assay Master), Nick Hutton, Chris Heaton (Chairman), Peter Hayes and Pamela Liversidge. Image copyright Simon Ellis.

The Executive Committee: Simon Batiste (Law Clerk), Charles Turner, Ashley Carson (Assay Master), Nick Hutton, Chris Heaton (Chairman), Peter Hayes and Pamela Liversidge

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