The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office has paid tribute to deputy warden Robert Organ who will this year retire after more than two decades in the hallmarking industry.
Organ began his career at the Goldsmiths’ Company in 2000 as superintendent assayer of the London Assay Office, before taking over as deputy warden in 2006.
Commenting on his retirement, Robert said: “It has been a privilege and honour to serve as deputy warden.
“I have taken great pride in adding to the wonderful history of hallmarking within the company.
“In the last 21 years, there have been unprecedented technological, social and economic changes to hallmarking and to the Assay Office and I am proud to have played a role in finding solutions to the challenges they have posed.”
The Goldsmiths’ Company has been responsible for guaranteeing the purity of items made of precious metals since 1300, when the hallmarking statute was passed.
The Prime Warden of the company, meanwhile, Richard Fox, added: “The Goldsmiths’ Company is tremendously grateful to Robert for all that he has contributed to the Assay Office and to hallmarking in the United Kingdom during his long service as deputy warden.
“He has steered the Assay Office through challenging times, bringing to bear his intellectual skills and scientific expertise, and has shown an unwavering commitment to providing the best possible service to our customers.
“Everyone in the company wishes Robert the very best for his retirement, and we look forward to his continuing involvement with the company as a liveryman.”