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A History of the Assay Office

This is a 7 page, colour publication detailing the history of the Sheffield Assay Office, covering 1773 to present day. This new publication includes a foreword by the Assay Master, Mr Ashley Carson as he celebrates his 25th Anniversary as Assay Master and the Sheffield Assay Office celebrates its 245thAnniversary. 

If you would like to obtain a copy please contact the Sheffield Assay Office Accounts Department on 0114 231 8152 contact us online or purchase while enjoying one of our Tours and Talk events.

The Charges will be £4.00 per book (plus postage and packing). 

Bradbury’s Book of Hallmarks

The Sheffield Assay Office is proud to announce that the 36th edition of the Bradbury's Book of Hallmarks is now available. This new edition marks the 245th anniversary of the Sheffield Assay Office. This unique little pocket sized reference book is of great value, providing you with the marks of origin on English, Scottish and Irish Silver, Gold, Platinum and Palladium and on foreign imported silver and gold plate. There are updates on the amendments to the Hallmarking Act of 1973; it also includes details of further marks that appear on precious metals until 2023.

If you would like to obtain a copy please contact the Sheffield Assay Office Accounts Department on 0114231 8152

Purchasing a copy and charges

The Charges will be £ 25.00 for the special edition and £15.00 for the standard edition (plus £3.00 postage and packing per book) ISBN 978 -1- 872212-09-8

Discounts available: 

Up to 100 books list price of £15 plus postage and packing at £3 per book.

100 – 200 books less 10% discount plus postage to be quoted.

201 plus books – less 20% discount plus postage to be quoted.

Please note that a donation from the sale of each book will be donated to the Mary Parsons Charity for retired silversmiths.

Issued by the Editor and Publisher, Sheffield Assay Office, Guardians’ Hall, Beulah Road, Hillsborough, S6 2AN


The Sheffield Assay Office Register

A copy of the register of the persons concerned in the manufacture of silver wares and of the marks entered by them from 1773 to 1907.

It also includes identification of maker's marks on Sheffield silver wares.

£10.00 + p & p


Old Silver Platers and their Marks

A copy of the register of the Sheffield Assay Office of the persons concerned in the manufacture of goods plated with silver.

It also includes identification of maker's marks on Old Sheffield Plate.

£5.00 + p & p


We ask for payment by card or cheque in advance before we despatch any books. Please telephone 01142312121 to make a card payment or make cheques payable to 'Sheffield Assay Office' and send to:

The Sheffield Assay Office
Guardians' Hall
Beulah Road
Hillsborough
Sheffield S6 2AN