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    New offshore Hallmark for Birmingham?

    The British Hallmarking Council has (not before time) agreed that Hallmarks struck overseas should not be identical to those struck in the UK. They have just put this notice on the website:

    The...
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    Looks like Birmingham will be getting a new...

    Looks like Birmingham will be getting a new hallmark to use in their Indian operation to differentiate from UK national marks.

    Just been copied in on this taken from the BHC website.

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  3. Yes, if there is no enforcement, there is no law....

    Yes, if there is no enforcement, there is no law. Trading standards seemed to have backed off from jewellery and precious metals and the Assay Offices have no means of policing what they don't get...
  4. Financial Times Article about Hallmarking

    Interesting to see the charts showing the dramatic decline in UK struck marks over last decade. I wonder if that's because a lot of importers are simply not bothering to assay many items and just...
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    The British Hallmarking Council have launched a...

    The British Hallmarking Council have launched a public consultation to gather opinions from members of the trade and public about striking identical or very similar versions of traditional UK...
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    An India 'symbol' approved by the Hallmarking...

    An India 'symbol' approved by the Hallmarking Council to replace the Anchor on items struck by Birmingham Assay's Indian subsidiary would be legal for sale in the UK and EU under the hallmarking act...
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    This is in the Birmingham Post. Looks like...

    This is in the Birmingham Post. Looks like Birmingham Assay might have been getting ahead of themselves.
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    Apart from objections by nearly all the...

    Apart from objections by nearly all the Birmingham makers, heard that other assay offices and government not happy with BAO using same mark in India and that it was 'not in spirit' of what was agreed...
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    On the hallmarking Act the Birmingham people...

    On the hallmarking Act the Birmingham people checked this and the Hallmarking Act was amended in 2013 to allow offshore offices to strike a different mark 'approved by the BHC' so that retailers and...
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    Hi James Found this forum a couple of years...

    Hi James

    Found this forum a couple of years ago and dip into it regularly but never registered to post things. I've been in the trade for over 20 years and work for a silverware and jewellery...
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    UK Hallmarks being struck in India?

    Anyone got any views on this? Importing our own hallmarks from an assay office in India, or allowing Indian factories to make things and give them UK hallmarks in Mumbai which are then sold in other...
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    Looks nice. I suppose it would be considered a...

    Looks nice. I suppose it would be considered a bit too grim to suggest a memento mori version - but i never cease to be surprised how often people still use lockets for this purpose.
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    If you want horror stories, just ask any hand...

    If you want horror stories, just ask any hand engraver. It seems the bigger and more expensive the job, the more likely it is for the client to get a name or date wrong.
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    We used to sell silver topped canes and walking...

    We used to sell silver topped canes and walking sticks about a decade ago, it's a steady if not huge market. I think a lot of antique dealers would be happy to sell new canes as its the concept,...
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    Reminds me of the Normandy jug designs. Always...

    Reminds me of the Normandy jug designs. Always liked sloping vessels.
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    I think we should bring back spoonmakers! Wasn't...

    I think we should bring back spoonmakers! Wasn't so long ago in Sheffield you still found outworkers who specialised in just doing spoons, fork tines, knife blades or cutlery handles.
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    The fluctuations are so large you just have to be...

    The fluctuations are so large you just have to be prepared to reprice items to reflect gold price. Or if doing wholesale, have a basic price for product and a 'metal fix' price based on current or...
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