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Friday 15 February 2019 at 6.30 pm


Charles Wilson Building, Park Lounge (1st Floor) and Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 3





Christopher Tarratt

Forgers, Furbishers and Duty-Dodgers

Chris has spent his life as a retail jeweller in Leicester, being the third generation to join the business. He joined George Tarratt Ltd. in 1964, after spending time training in London, Manchester and Zurich. Chris is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association and a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company and have been fortunate to spend his time handling beautiful objects, from fine gems, antique silver and timepieces. His company was taken over in 1996 by George Pragnell Ltd and they now have showrooms in Mayfair, Leicester and Stratford upon Avon and an office in Berkeley Square. Chris is still involved with the group, assisting and advising on acquisitions, in particular antique silver.


Articles made in the precious metals are required by law to be hallmarked prior to sale. Hallmarking began in England in 1300 and the Goldsmiths’ Company was granted it’s the first charter in 1327, the start of consumer protection. Human nature is such that some chose to circumvent these laws, this talk examines some of the methods used to make or change items without going through the normal channels of assay or test. The ingenuity of the forger is always of interest and detection does not get any easier.
































































































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