Assay Office laser marks silver batons for USA and Jamaican teams.
By Deepa Narwani
The Birmingham Assay Office contributed to the creation of laser marks for two ceremonial sterling silver batons presented to the USA and Jamaica Olympic relay teams.
Steve Millington of L. J. Millington, a silversmithing company, was commissioned by Birmingham City Council to produce two civic gifts based on a similar baton the company had displayed earlier in the year at the Made in the Jewellery Quarter exhibition.
Millington worked with senior laser marker Suki Singh at the Birmingham Assay Office who created the artwork to mark the batons with the flags of each country, the Union Jack and Birmingham 2012 on one side and the separate hallmarks including the Queen’s diamond jubilee commemorative mark on the other side.
Singh said: “This is a really historic moment for Birmingham and it is great to be part of it. Laser marking the batons as well as the silver plaques which are mounted on oak plinths was a challenge and there is absolutely no room for error but I am very pleased with the result and both teams have really appreciated the workmanship involved."
Millington described the project as a team effort, with all involved playing their parts to deliver the batons on time.
"I would like to thank everyone involved and am pleased and proud of the quality and workmanship that we have all achieved," he said.
The batons are 38mm in diameter, 280mm in length and contain 344 grams of silver.