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Re: British Assay Office Information

Postby dognose » Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:34 pm

An idea of the extent of the operations carried on at the Birmingham Assay Office may, the "Daily Telegraph" says, be judged from the number of articles marked and assays made. As an average over 30.000 "pieces" are stamped per day, while during the same period about 1,000 tests are made. Whenever an example is found to be under standard it is at once broken up and returned so much old metal to the maker, but not more than 10oz. per day of gold and silver together are thus found to be defective.

Source: Evening Express - 8th September 1896

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Re: British Assay Office Information

Postby dognose » Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:02 pm

Gold Watch Cases

The following is a return of the number of gold watch cases marked at the Assay-office, Goldsmiths'-Hall, London For the year ending 30th April, 1848, 14,257; 1849,15,167; 1850, 16,877; 1851, 18,629; 1852, 20,101; 1853, 21,533; 1854,23,561.

Watch cases assayed and marked at Chester Assay office: 1847, 1,528; 1848, 1,743; 1849, 1,816½; 1850, 4,617; 1851, 6,034; 1852, 7,058½; 1853, 9,284; 1854 to July 5, 3,079½.


Source: The North Wales Chronicle - 23rd September 1854

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Re: British Assay Office Information

Postby dognose » Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:30 pm

A return has been issued of the sums of money received and expended by the Goldsmiths' Company during the last ten years for assaying and making gold and silver wires. The highest sum received was in 1854, when it reached 4,866l and the lowest in 1849, when it was 3,416l. The highest sum expended was in 1848, when it was 4,240l; and the lowest in 1852, when it was 3,291l. The number of persons employed by the company for this purpose is 14, and the amount of their salaries 2,469l per annum. The legal expenses incurred for the last ten years in prosecutions against offenders by the Goldsmiths' Company amounted to 1,074l.

Source: The North Wales Chronicle - 25th August 1855

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Re: British Assay Office Information

Postby dognose » Tue Sep 24, 2019 4:29 am

According to the official returns of the several assay offices for the year 1886-87 Birmingham still holds the lead in the manufacture of the precious metals. At the Goldsmith's Hall duty was paid upon 14,802 oz. of gold and 122,703 oz. of silver. This is consumed not only by the gold and silver smiths, but also by the jewellery trade.

Source: The Chemist and Druggist - 29th October 1887

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