'So my mark is an M and an E in a square but then I liked the idea of “ME”. I know it sounds a bit cheesy, but I like the idea of it, so then I stuck with that. That mark ties you to makers who've been making for a very long time so the fact that that's archived is super interesting and super exciting.'
In the archives of the Goldsmiths' Company, we have 47 feet of Sponsor's mark records, going all the back to 1697. These tiny marks connect jewellers and silversmiths to the pieces they have made and form an important part of their story. To discover the story behind a modern Maker's mark, we visited jeweller Melanie Eddy in her studio at the Goldsmiths' Centre, learned about the unique Sponsor's mark that is applied to her pieces at the London Assay Office, and discussed her feelings about applying the Platinum Jubilee mark to her work.
A film by Lucy Emms. Created with thanks to Melanie Eddy, and Goldsmiths' Company Librarian Eleni Bide. Watch here.