London Assay registers oldest and youngest marks


The London Assay Office is celebrating registering two special individuals for unique makers’ marks; 89-year-old Derek Porter and 12-year-old Seth Stephenson.

As one of the oldest Assay Office customers, Porter, who turns 90 in November, worked as an electrical engineer before studying jewellery and silversmithing on retirement. When his college funding ran out he set up a workshop in his home to continue to develop his skills.

He has now made hundreds of pieces and plans to leave them as a legacy for his children.

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In contrast, 12-year-old Stephenson is the youngest ever customer of the London Assay Office. He studies jewellery and silverware on the weekends at the Paul Ravn School of Jewellery.

He follows in the footsteps of his mother, Carolyn Stephenson, who is also a registered customer of the London Assay Office.

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