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The 'Showstoppers: Silver Centrepieces' exhibition a great success!


Friday, Nov 10, 2017

This fabulous exhibition curated by Dr Rachel Conroy gave visitors the opportunity to see four large-scale silver centrepieces; two from the historic collection at Temple Newsam and two by contemporary makers borrowed from private lenders. These were the  Kirkleatham Centrepiece made by David Willaume II and Anne Tanqueray in 17...

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The 35th edition of Goldsmiths’ Fair


Friday, Nov 03, 2017

Image: Decorative Mandala bowl, Britannia silver, Chasing and Repousse work by Colette Bishop 2017. GOLDSMITHS’ FAIR 2017 The Fair, in its 35th year, which took place September 26- October 8 2017, delighted visitors once again with exquisite pieces of jewellery and silverware on display. For the first time a cutting-edge video...

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Identification of Hallmarks


Friday, Oct 27, 2017

If you have any objects that require the identification of hallmarks please do not hesitate to contact  Please send photographs of the object and close up images of the marks.  “Thank you for the quick reply, and for confirming the identification of the hallmarks. It is good to know that my grandmother-i...

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Ashley marks 24th year as Assay Master


Friday, Oct 20, 2017

The current Assay Master at Sheffield Assay Office, Ashley Carson, holds the distinction of being both the youngest Assay Master ever appointed and the longest serving Assay Master to date.  Ashley reached the milestone of 30 years’ service in 2007 but 2017 marks his 24th year as Assay Master.  Having joined Sheffield Assay Of...

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Get your submissions in for the industry’s Oscars


Friday, Oct 13, 2017

The prestigious Craftsmanship and Design Awards, hosted by the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council, have now been launched. The Sheffield Assay Office is proud to sponsor the annual awards which promote and celebrate the highest standards in design and craftsmanship within the jewellery, goldsmithing industry, and allied craft...

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Heritage Open Day at Sheffield Assay Office a shining success


Friday, Oct 06, 2017

The Sheffield Assay Office was delighted to see such interest from the public for Heritage Open Day 2017. Over 25 people booked to visit the premises and hear about the historical practice of testing and hallmarking precious metals.  The visitors many local taking the opportunity to see the wonderful facilities on their doorste...

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Nickel and the Skin


Friday, Sep 29, 2017

Did you know that Nickel is now the most frequent cause of contact allergy in Europe? Skin absorption of nickel ions, released from nickel containing materials, can lead to sensitisation. The degree of sensitivity to nickel varies between individuals. This widespread health problem has forced the introduction of measures to redu...

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Book a group visit to the Sheffield Assay Office today!


Friday, Sep 22, 2017

We welcome groups and societies to visit the Sheffield Assay Office. This is your opportunity to learn more about the assaying and hallmarking of precious metals and the work of the office over the last 244 years. Visits take place on Thursday and Friday, approx. duration 2.5 hrs. We ask for a minimum of 10 people and a maxim...

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