n.1.A master of assay; one who tries or proves.
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One speaker in the pageant narrates the saymaster's actions: "to preserve those pure refined bodies from base adulterating, the Essay-Maister or absolute Tryer of eythers vertue, makes proofe of them in his Furnaces, and of their true worth or value" (339-42).
Faringdon, like the saymaster, had the ability to recognize true value; Munday venerates him as one who restored prosperity by correcting inflated prices: "A bushel of Wheate, ten pence sold for ten shillings before" (224n).