The Company's Treasures

Our Treasures

During our Company's relatively short life we have been fortunate in building up a significant collection of silver and other treasures, thanks to the generousity of many Liverymen and friends. Much of the collection is used at Livery dinners.

The Fire Cup, donated by Past
Master The Honourable Geoffrey
Wilson.This is a faithful copy of
the cup presented by the Lord
Mayor in 1666 to a Joseph Walls
for bravery in the Great Fire of London.

We have eight silver gilt Loving
Cups designed and made especially
for the Company by Alex Telford.
The cups were a gift from Past
Master Martin Harris and seven of
the leading accountancy firms.

The Morpeth Cup, a Loving Cup
presented by Sir Douglas Morpeth,
 for many years our Senior Past
Master, is a George II Cup by
Thomas Lawrence.



Past Master Patrick Brenan made a
presentation of a pair of Claret Jugs
with coasters as additions to the
Company's treasures, following
his year in office.

Past Master Kenneth Gardener
presented a pair of silver gilt bowls
to be played for annually by members
in a golf challenge. The winners
hold the bowls for six months before
returning them to the collection for display.
This piece of silver is the Keith Tankard.
The silver quart domed Tankard was
presented by the late J M Keith, the
first Master of the Company, and is
always placed in front of the Clerk at
our functions.

The Company owns six sets of three
silver gilt goblets, donated by Past
Masters, Alan Hardcastle, Sir Kenneth
Sharp, John Holland, Arthur John, Peter
Dobson and David Richards.
The Sir Harold Howitt Cup was
presented to the Company by Sir
Harold's family in memory of him.
Sir Harold was a Past President of
our Institute.

Mr F E Worsley, who was Master of
the Company in 1992-93, presented
this silver quaich to the Company,
following his year in office. The
poringer was made by Mappin & Webb.

 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.

The Company's collection of silver gilt goblets, consisting of six sets of three, again designed and made by Mr Telford with the same theme as the Loving Cups 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.

Other silver in the Company's collection 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.

Amougst our treasures is one of the earliest gifts, 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 Brooch worn by the Master's Lady and passed to her successor each year. The retiring Master's Lady receives a replica of the Brooch at the end of the Master's year of office.