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The First Sheffield Hallmark of 2024

Published: 11th January 2024

The First Sheffield Hallmark of 2024

As part of our 250th anniversary celebrations, the Sheffield Assay Office Executive and Guardians agreed to a number of new commissions for our special collection. You may have seen two of these pieces last year, created by the talented silversmiths Colette Bishop and Shinta Nakajima, these are currently on display at Sheffield Museums Trust, Millennium Gallery.

One of these new comissions was the first item to be hallmarked by Sheffield Assay Office in 2024 - Christopher Perry’s hand chased teapot, a sterling silver, hand chased design with a blue stainless-steel handle.

Following the hallmarking by the team at Sheffield Assay Office, Christopher will now work on chasing texture - as seen on his Acanthium Tumbler Cup - onto the teapot and assembling the parts. The piece was marked by Ryan and it bears the new date letter Z for 2024 and the King Charles III coronation mark. Along with the Rose town mark for Sheffield and 925 and Lion Passant for Sterling silver.   

We look forward to sharing this commission and others later this year.

The Sheffield Assay Office was established in 1773, under an Act of Parliament and today the company assays and hallmarks the precious metals - silver, gold, platinum and palladium. Sheffield Assay Office is one of only four UK assay offices who all work to uphold the Hallmarking Act of 1973 and continue to ensure consumer protection for customers purchasing precious metals.

To find out more about the whole range of services offered by Sheffield Assay Office, such as our hallmarking and analytical services, please email us at or complete the contact form on our website at,

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