The Birmingham Assay Office Branch in Mumbai

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The Birmingham Assay Office Branch in Mumbai

Postby dognose » Thu Aug 04, 2016 2:51 am

Dear Members,

Some of you may be aware that the Birmingham Assay Office (BAO) has opened a branch in Mumbai, India and that the Birmingham anchor mark is being used in hallmarks on locally produced silver items. While there is no suggestion that these items are sub-standard it means that there is no way of distinguishing the items from those hallmarked in Birmingham. A group of Birmingham silversmiths is opposing the use of an identical hallmark and is asking interested parties to sign a petition to parliament in order to make the BAO use a different mark for Mumbai assayed silver. If you are in favour of a ban and are a British citizen or UK resident the petition can be found at:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/162103

My thanks to Phil (silvermakersmarks) for the above information.

Trev.

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Re: The Birmingham Assay Branch in Mumbai

Postby user701 » Thu Aug 04, 2016 3:20 am

Thanks for the head up Phil and Trev, duly signed and shared on Facebook and Twitter

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Re: The Birmingham Assay Office Branch in Mumbai

Postby dognose » Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:58 pm

Less than two months to go before the chance of getting this important issue debated in parliament is lost.

Trev.

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Re: The Birmingham Assay Office Branch in Mumbai

Postby dognose » Fri Dec 30, 2016 4:35 am

The clock's ticking! The deadline for signing this petition is 26th January 2017.

Trev.

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Re: The Birmingham Assay Office Branch in Mumbai

Postby user701 » Sat Dec 31, 2016 4:15 am

I will share it on twitter and facebook again, see if it will drum up some more signatures

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Re: The Birmingham Assay Office Branch in Mumbai

Postby dognose » Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:32 am

Thanks User.

It's beyond me as to why another mark cannot be struck so as to distinguish between Birmingham and Mumbai assayed pieces.

Trev.

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Re: The Birmingham Assay Office Branch in Mumbai

Postby user701 » Sun Jan 01, 2017 6:17 am

Agreed, stupid idea and one I hope is not adopted

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Re: The Birmingham Assay Office Branch in Mumbai

Postby trevorg » Sun Jan 01, 2017 1:07 pm

Agreed, a stupid idea. Duly signed.
Happy New Year to all.
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