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Assay Office crackdown on illegal silver

Plate committee to increase surveillance of market to locate suspect antique items

The London Assay Office (LAO) is to launch a crackdown on what it says is a rise in illegal antique silver being offered for sale.

In conjunction with The Antique Plate Committee (APC), the Assay Office is to publish a brochure and organise a new series of conferences on the rules surrounding hallmarks.

It is a criminal offence under the Hallmarking Act (1973) to sell items of silver with unauthorised marks or unauthorised alterations and additions.

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