Eric Smith revives Glasgow mark

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Year-long campaign brings logo back into use after 50 years.

The Glasgow Assay Office mark has been brought back to life by Eric N Smith 50 years after it was last struck.

Glaswegian jeweller Eric Smith, who owns Eric N Smith, had been campaigning to introduce a logo based on the Glasgow Assay Office mark and after a year of negotiations has been given permission by the Edinburgh Assay Office, which owns the rights to the mark, to use an additional mark alongside the hallmarks that is based on the city’s coat of arms.

The new logo features a tree, a bird, a bell and a fish, and had to be approved for use by the British Hallmarking Council to ensure that it was not too similar to the original Glasgow Assay Office mark. 

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While the new mark is not a hallmark, Eric N Smith will use the mark to show that its jewellery has been made in Glasgow, something that Smith believes will bring huge benefits to his business, which he says has continued to perform well in the recession. 

Smith said: "I’m delighted with this development. With Glasgow very much on the global stage, particularly because of next year’s Commonwealth Games, I felt it was important. Having studied and worked in the jewellery industry in Glasgow all my life I felt it was only fitting that the city’s mark be revived because it’s part of our heritage.

"We find ourselves in a strong position in the market and the new mark allows us to put our own stamp on our products which we’re proud to say are made in Glasgow."

The original Glasgow Assay Office mark was last struck on July 1, 1963. It fell out of use when the Glasgow Assay Office was closed and all hallmarking work was redirected to the Edinburgh Assay Office.

While Glasgow is still without a dedicated assay office the Glasgow hallmark will be struck at the Edinburgh Assay Office.

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