Assay Office dishes up top hallmarking award

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Sheffield Assay Office and leading city silversmiths, Carrs Silver, have joined forces to create a new award, celebrating excellence in innovation within hallmarking.

The Touchstone Award is a 12- inch silver dish, worth £3,500, which bears the hallmarks of the four UK Assay Offices - Birmingham, Edinburgh, London and Sheffield, as well as the Diamond Jubilee mark, made to commemorate the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

Assay Master Ashley Carson said: “We are extremely proud that this national and prestigious award was created in Sheffield and delighted with the final dish.

“This city has a rich heritage in precious metals and silver, so we felt it was only right that the award was designed and made here.

“Our Assay Office has been here in the city for almost a quarter of a millennium, and we maintain the same level of high standards and integrity within the hallmarking industry that we always have.

“However, we’ve worked hard to keep the industry moving, and have branched out into other areas.”

The inaugural Touchstone Award was presented by the British Hallmarking Council to Birmingham City Council for its campaign targeting unmarked goods.