King's Society: Visit to Goldsmiths' Hall & The Assay Office

When

Wednesday 21st November 2018 11am

Where

Goldsmiths' Hall, Foster Lane, London, EC2V 6BN

The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London receiving its first royal charter in 1327. Goldsmiths' Hall opened in 1835 and is certainly one of London's hidden treasures. The Assay Office at Goldsmiths' Hall has been providing its 'mark of excellen' since 1300. It is where hallmarking began in 1327 and now covers not only gold and silver, but also other precious metals such as platinum and palladium. Renowned hallmarking expert, David Merry, with over 46 years' experience, has kindly agreed to give us a private tour. David is a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths' Company, a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths, an Honorary Member of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute & Freeman of the City of London. 

We will learn about this ancient Livery Company & its Apprentices, see the different ways that metals are tested today, from the ancient 'touch testing' to the high tech XRF & ICPOE Spectroscopy. We will see how articles are hallmarked, the verification of British antique silver by the Antique Plate Committee, counterfeit fakes and how the vast quantity of jewellery and silverware that adorn our shops are hallmarked every day. 

Price per person £25. Number of places 20.  Website booking available from Thursday 6th September .

 

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