Day-long seminar focused on counterfeit silver also set to take place.

The Assay Office London is set to host a second training day at Goldsmiths’ Hall focused on hallmarks and precious metals, following popular demand for its first course.

The Assay Office will host the same training course, aimed at pawnbrokers and those who work with scrap precious metals, on October 22.


The course will cover the Hallmarking Act and legal requirements, the identification of genuine UK hallmarks, counterfeit, faked and forged hallmarks, and counterfeit gold coins, watches, cutlery and flatware.

There will be the opportunity to handle a wide variety of both antique and modern jewellery, coins and silverware from our world renowned collection of fakes and attendees will also be trained on testing precious metals and will include a light lunch and tour of the hallmarking floor and laboratory.

The Assay Office London will also hold its next Fakes & Forgeries seminar will take place at Goldsmiths’ Hall on November 26. This event will help curators, collectors and jewellery experts to spot fakes and forgeries piece of silverware or jewellery continues to daunt experts, curators and collectors.

The seminar is set to answer questions such as what physical characteristics are indications of an altered piece of plate and what clues are there that an article is an illegal cast duplicate of an authentic original. It will also delve into fake and illegal silver and examine the problems encountered in buying Georgian silver on eBay.

Guest speakers include Susan Rumfitt, an independent jewellery specialist who spent the early part of her career working for Christie’s auctioneers then moved to Phillip’s where she ran one of their jewellery departments, and Alistair Dickenson who has worked on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow and went on to become Director of the Antiques Department at Asprey.