A Short History of Hallmarks

Official Hallmarks on Gold and Silver items can be traced back to the year 1300 and a statute of Edward I.  A leopards head mark was to be stamped on silver and gold of a certain standard throughout the nation.


In 1327 ‘The Goldsmiths’ received its first royal charter and in 1339 19 Goldsmiths purchased the land on which Goldsmiths Hall stands today.  In 1478 King Edward IV established the first assay office at Goldsmiths Hall.  A date mark was also introduced and workers were required to bring their wares to Goldsmiths Hall to receive a ‘Hall Mark’.  Today there are four assay offices operating in the UK (a number of regional assay offices have closed over the years).
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