Treasures

During our Company’s comparatively short life to date we have been fortunate in building up a significant collection of silver and other treasures, thanks to the generosity of many Members and friends. Much of it is used at our Dinners.

The Cups & Tankards

The Cups and Tankards have regular places at our tables, and many members will have personally handled the eight silver gilt Loving Cups which were designed and made especially for the Company by Mr. Alex Telford.

These cups incorporate in their design details of the Company’s Armorial Bearings, the central motifs of which are the three towers. One such tower is formed as the stem of each Loving Cup complete with its portcullis, whilst the Arms’ supporters — the Lion and the Dragon — are made to connect the handles to the Cup itself.


TANKARD

GOBLETS

Silver Gilt Goblets

The Company’s collection of silver gilt goblets, includes six sets of three, again designed and made by Mr Telford with the same theme as the Loving Cups, which are placed for use of the Master, the Senior and Junior Wardens, the President of the Institute and the Senior Past Masters who are present at Livery dinners.

Five further goblets are used by Honorary Liverymen or other distinguished guests attending Company functions. Most recently, in 2017, Past Master James Macnamara gifted the Company a fine set of six silver goblets, each engraved with the crest of one of the military units we support, plus another quite properly bearing that of his family. These are now used whenever we entertain guests from those units.


Other silver in the Company’s collection also has its place at table. The Morpeth Cup is placed before the Master, the Howitt Cup before the President of the Institute, the Sheffield Cup before the proposer of the toast to the Company, and the Keith Tankard before the Clerk.


Mace & Robes

One of the earliest gifts is the Company’s Mace, the head of which is detached and placed before the Master at dinner.

The Robes worn by the Master and the Wardens, embroidered with the Company’s Coat of Arms were also given by Past Masters, as were the Engraved Bowl, the Master’s Badge and Chain, and the Badge worn by the Master’s Consort and passed to their successor each year. The retiring Master’s Consort receives a replica of the Badge at the end of the Master’s year of office.


MACE