Last Exeter Hallmark.

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Last Exeter Hallmark.

Postby paulh » Sat Dec 08, 2012 11:45 am

This is a nice example of a hallmark from the last year of the Exeter Assay Office. I don’t know how rare or common this mark is, but after looking out for one for years, I was really pleased to find this spoon.

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Re: Last Exeter Hallmark.

Postby Granmaa » Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:18 pm

1289 troy pounds of silver went through the Exeter Assay Office in that (incomplete) assay year. That's about 30,000 teaspoons. How much of that is still around today is another question. I've not seen much, I must say.

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Re: Last Exeter Hallmark.

Postby paulh » Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:42 am

Thanks Miles. I thought you might know. I can account for one tea spoon, so I will keep a look out for the other 29,999.

Merry Christmas.

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Re: Last Exeter Hallmark.

Postby dognose » Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:20 am

I always find it odd that the Exeter office was ever closed down. When their figures are compared to that of the Newcastle office, then Exeter were doing reasonably good business. If it was anything to do with the fact that so much of their assaying was just for one customer, then they would be surprised at how some hallmarking is carried out these days with the culture of the sub-office. The Sheffield Assay Office were the first, I believe, to set up a sub-office at Carrs of Sheffield, this was followed by the Birmingham Assay Office setting up in the premises of Curteis Ltd., at Ellesmere, Shropshire, and then at QVC (the TV shopping channel), Family Jewels, Optima, Cooksons, Gecko, Argos, QVC, and Domino. London also have two sub-offices at Hatton Garden and at Brinks Heathrow.

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Re: Last Exeter Hallmark.

Postby dognose » Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:24 pm

Just to update the above information regarding Satellite offices, the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office have officially opened a new hallmarking facility at the Dalston-based jewellery manufacturer, Allied Gold Ltd. on the 17th March of this year.

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