The Goldsmiths’ Company is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London, its roots going back to the trade guilds of the Middle Ages.
The word ‘hallmark’ entered the English language in the late 15th century when craftsmen were required by ordinance to bring their ware of gold and silver to Goldsmiths’ Hall to be stamped with the mark by statute, and therefore approved for sale to the public.
The catalyst for this exhibition was Her Majesty The Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002. Hambro was selected, with a few other designers and craftsmen, to make unique celebratory pieces.
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