Hallmarking machine at Sheffield Assay Office, 1998 (Picture Sheffield ref no U00011)

Memories of Sheffield's landmark Assay Office - who can you spot in these pictures?

Sheffield Assay Office in Guardian's Hall, Beulah Road, Hillsborough is part of a 248-year history vital to the city’s reputation as a place that creates beautiful craftsmanship.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 3:12 pm

There has been an Assay Office in Sheffield since 1773, when local silversmiths successfully petitioned Parliament for the right to assay silver.

To ‘assay’ means to test and assess the precious metal content of an item – gold, silver and platinum are soft metals that have to be alloyed with cheaper ones for making jewellery, cutlery and other goods. Hallmarking is the oldest form of consumer protection.

See a talk by Assay Office curator Emma Paragreen here: www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/live-archive

Assay Office website: www.assayoffice.co.uk

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