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The Goldsmiths Company, London

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Founded to regulate the craft or trade of the goldsmith, the Goldsmiths' Company has been responsible since 1300 for testing the quality of gold, silver and from 1975 platinum articles. In 2010 Palladium was brought into this regime. The word Hallmark originates from the fifteenth century when London craftsmen were first required to bring their artefacts to the Goldsmiths' Hall for assaying and marking. This requirement continues unchanged today and the company still carries out it's statutory function through the operations of The Goldsmiths Company Assay Office.

The company continues to play an important role in the support of the craft and industry,funding apprenticeships and assisting with the technical training of aspiring craftsmen. It is currently engaged in building the Goldsmiths' Centre to build workshops for craftsmen and a promotional exhibition area and the Goldsmiths' Institute as a postgraduate facility and for pre-apprentice training.

It also promotes excellence in the design and craftsmanship of silverware, jewellery and art medals through advising and arranging commissions, competitions and exhibitions.

A selling exhibition, Goldsmiths' Fair is held every year in the first week of October, where members of the public can purchase the work of over 80 contemporary designers and craftsmen.

The company has long supported a wide range of charitable areas, and pursues a number of educational projects with schools and teachers.

Please feel free to visit http://www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk/welcome-to-the-assay-office/ and leave your details to receive our regular newsletter.
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  • Step inside to a dimly lit reception area. Take the grand staircase and enter another world. Be amazed at the golden opulence of the interior rooms. A wonderful location for a private function. Attent...  more »
  • I went for several hours to this excellent event which takes place in the spectacular setting of the Goldsmiths Hall which also regularly hosts free exhibitions. I can thoroughly recommend a visit.  more »
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  • The oldest Assay Office in the UK - Goldsmiths have been assessing and stamping precious metals for 700 years! Here are a few photos from the interior. The Vulliamy longcase clock is enormous. The sculpture is King Edward III, who established the maker’s mark in 1363. But it was Henry III in 1238 who made the earliest attempt at regulating the standard of gold and silver wares. Fraud has been happening since time immemorial!
  • The place where hallmarks are given to pieces of silver and gold. There are annual, two week long Fairs held in Foster Lane, City of London, usually September/October, where member artisans display their latest designs - very well worth a visit.
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