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Wedding Bells Ring for Sheffield Assay Master

Published: 19th May 2023

Wedding Bells Ring for Sheffield Assay Master

On Sunday 7th May, our Assay Master Ashley Carson married his beautiful bride, Kate in an intimate ceremony at Fulwood Old Chapel in Sheffield. The ceremony was attended by the bride and groom's close family and friends and was followed by a reception at West 10 Bar and Kitchen.


Ashley Carson joined Sheffield Assay Office in 1977, at the age of 17. He learned the business of the Assay Office in the best way possible, by working his way through the organisation - from sampler, marker, computer manager and general manager, before being appointed Assay Master 1993 at the age of only 32. He was the youngest person ever to have been selected for this important position.

In October 2023, The Assay Master will have served 30 years in the title and 45 years of service with the Assay Office, making him not only the youngest-ever Assay Master, but now the longest serving.

We wish both Ashley and Kate a very long and happy marriage!

Photos by Danni at Maytree Photography

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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