For those of you who are interested in Hallmarks and their meaning, your opinion on a possible change to the ’Town mark’ symbol is being sought by the British Hallmarking Council, the body that oversees British Assay Offices.
As a goldsmith, hallmarking enthusiast and Warden (in less arcane language – an Executive Director) of Assay Office Birmingham, I support our Assay Master, Doug Henry’s views, which you can see below.
Please follow the links to learn about the issues, express your views on the Consultation Form and send it to the British Hallmarking Council before 22nd September to make sure that the right decision is made.
Many thanks for your help,
Open letter from the Assay Master at Assay Office Birmingham:
The British Hallmarking Council, the body which governs UK Assay Offices, has launched a public consultation into whether UK Assay Offices should differentiate marks used to certify precious metal articles, when marking off-shore: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/hallmarking-by-uk-assay-offices-overseas
We appreciate that there may be strong views regarding this public consultation, so we wanted to share our responses to the questions asked, so that we could demonstrate total transparency as to where Assay Office Birmingham stands with regards to this issue.
We are asking our customers and trade partners to make their voices heard on this important industry issue. At Assay Office Birmingham ,we are keen to hear the opinions and thoughts of those who form and drive the trade.
We would also ask that you share this email and our answers with colleagues, family and friends.
The consultation closes at 11.45pm on 22 September 2017.
If you wish to use our responses (download here), this is perfectly acceptable. you can also download a useful timeline detailing legislation and industry changes for your reference and we would be happy to provide any further background information, should you have any further queries. You may download a blank consultation form here.
Once your submission is complete, please send your response to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your time.
Doug Henry, CEO and Assay Master