- Sheffield Assay Office
The Sheffield Assay Office is one of the four remaining
Assay Offices in the UK.
1773, Sheffield's silversmiths joined with those of Birminghamto petition Parliamentfor the establishment of Assay Offices in their respective cities. In spite of determined opposition by London silversmiths, an Act of Parliamentwas passed in March, just one month after the original petition was presented to Parliament, to allow Birmingham and Sheffieldthe right to assaysilver.
The Assay Office was then founded and
hallmarked its first piece on 20 September, 1773. Lots were drawn to determine which marks the offices would use. Sheffield won and chose the crown, while Birmingham took the anchor. Originally, only silver produced within twenty miles of Sheffield could be marked at the office. From 1784, Sheffield was empowered to keep a register of all maker's marks within one hundred miles, including those of Birmingham.
In 1795, after several moves, an office was established on
Fargate. In 1880 it moved to Leopold Street, and in 1958 to Portobello Street. In May 2007 it was announced that the office would move to a new purpose built site on Beulah Road by Summer 2008. In 1977, Sheffield's mark was changed to the Yorkshire Rose, and it became the last office to standardise its date letters.
* "All About Antique Silver with International Hallmarks, 2nd printing (2007), by Diana Sanders Cinamon, AAA Publishing, San Bernardino, CA. Paperback, sewn pages, contains 269 pages, 154 pictures (most in color), silver hallmarks for 24 countries including England, France, Germany, Italy and Russia. Also includes British design registry numbers, U.S. Design and Utility patent numbers and metric conversion tables. An outstanding silver reference book that gives identification and dating clues for hollowware and flatware.
* [http://www.assayoffice.co.uk Website of the Sheffield Assay Office]
* [http://www.assayoffice.co.uk/history.htm History of the Sheffield Assay Office]
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