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Annual Mary Parsons Charity Event

3
Jan

Thursday, Jan 03, 2013

Almost 200 years ago, in 1817, a lady called Mary Parsons left a bequest in her will for the amount of £1,500 - in those days a considerable amount - to benefit forty eight old, infirm and poor Sheffield silversmiths. This generous gesture was made in memory of her brother John, who was one of the earliest Sheffield platers and ...

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Seasons Greetings from the Assay Master and all of the team at the Sheffield Assay Office

11
Dec

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012

We would all like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year. May we also remind you that our offices will be closed from the 21st December and will not re-open until on the 3rd January. The last day we can accept samples will be the 21st December. If you would like further supp...

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Cadmium Content Testing Legislation

5
Dec

Wednesday, Dec 05, 2012

What is Cadmium? Cadmium is a heavy metal which is used in the jewellery industry. It is harmful when ingested or inhaled and is a known carcinogen. Why do we need to test for Cadmium? Cadmium is added to alloys in small amounts to improve the functional attributes of metals or as a lead substitute. It can be present in jewel...

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Lead Content Testing – How does New Legislation Affect Me?

5
Dec

Wednesday, Dec 05, 2012

What is Lead? Lead is a metal which, even at very low levels of exposure, can be toxic. It is not excreted by the body but instead accumulates so that regular exposure, even to very small quantities, can amount to damaging levels in the body. Why do we need to test for Lead? Lead poisoning can negatively affect both intellect...

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The Four UK Assay Offices sponsor the BHC’s Touchstone Award

28
Nov

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012

The Touchstone Award, initiated by the British Hallmarking Council (BHC), is a national award for Trading Standards, in respect of Hallmarking. The Chairman of the BHC’s Education and Enforcement Committee, Mike Drewry, presented the ‘Touchstone Award’ at the Annual Conference of the Trading Standards Institute in June and the w...

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Client and Visitor Testimonials

26
Nov

Monday, Nov 26, 2012

We welcome all enquiries though our website, whether you have a question about the services we offer or you would like help tracing the history of a family heirloom. We have had some wonderful feedback from people who we have helped recently and are excited to share them. “That's fantastic, our bowl is not as old as we thought...

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Millennium Punch Bowl is looking spick and span.

19
Oct

Friday, Oct 19, 2012

Sheffield Assay Office in collaboration with Museums Sheffield and the four original silversmiths who designed and made the Millennium Punch bowl and cups met last week to give the Sheffield Assay Office commission a clean.  For those of you who have not seen the punch bowl this is a large bowl accompanied by a series of individ...

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Millennium Punch Bowl is looking spick and span.

19
Oct

Friday, Oct 19, 2012

Sheffield Assay Office in collaboration with Museums Sheffield and the four original silversmiths who designed and made the Millennium Punch bowl and cups met last week to give the Sheffield Assay Office commission a clean.  For those of you who have not seen the punch bowl this is a large bowl accompanied by a series of individ...

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