Jewitt to head British Hallmarking Council

Stepping up: Christopher Jewitt, left receives a farewell gift from current Assay Office chairman Chris Heaton.
Stepping up: Christopher Jewitt, left receives a farewell gift from current Assay Office chairman Chris Heaton.
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PAST Master Cutler Christopher Jewitt has been appointed chairman of the British Hallmarking Council, the body which governs the activities of the UK’s four Assay Offices.

Mr Jewitt, 52, handed over as chairman of the Guardians of the 238-year-old Sheffield Assay Office to Chris Heaton last month, after six years in the role.

He is managing director of city hand tool manufacturer, Footprint Sheffield.

Mr Jewitt said: “It’s a great honour to take up this position. The UK is one of only a handful of countries that has such a rigorous hallmarking system, and it is one which is envied by many other countries around the world.”

Sheffield Assay Master, Ashley Carson, said: “We’re very proud that a former chairman of the Sheffield Assay Office is now overseeing the British Hallmarking Council.”

The Council oversees the hallmarking of products made from precious metals.