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Staff Down Tools as Baby Arabella Steals the Show at Sheffield Assay Office

Published: 11th March 2024

Staff at Sheffield Assay Office had a very special tiny little visitor this week, when Assay Master, Ashley Carson brought in his beautiful six week old granddaughter, Arabella.

Whilst Arabella's mum was taking a well earned rest, Grandad Ashley took the opportunity to bring her into the Office and introduce her to staff.

Ashley Carson introduces Granddaughter to Sheffield Assay Office

Word has it that the impeccably well behaved Arabella has spread broodiness all around, and there has been a lot of talk about future maternity leave!

Congratulations Ashley. Little Arabella is adorable!

Assay Master, Ashley Carson and granddaughter

Assay Master's Granddaughter visits Assay Office



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.

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