A Rare Armorial Hatchment

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Description

Constructed of carved wood, and decorated in fine polychrome and gilt work, with inscriptions of the Prime Warden, Richard Percy, of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers. Circa 1740.

The Fishmongers’ Company is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London and amongst the most ancient of the City Guilds, with an unbroken existence of more than 700 years. The Fishmongers of London are known to have been an organised community long before Edward I (AD 1272) granted them their first Charter. That, and others granted in the reigns of Edward II and Edward III, provided that no fish could be sold in London except by the Mistery* of Fishmongers; they also limited the markets at which fish could be sold in the City and made it the duty of the Wardens of the Mistery to oversee the selling of fish and to ensure that none but sound fish was offered. Later Charters, granted in the reigns of Richard II, Henry V, Henry VI, Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary, Elizabeth I and James I, formally incorporated the Company and laid down rules for its governance and regulation of the trade.

* The word ‘Misterie’ is of Middle English origin, and denotes a ‘Guild’. It is the equivalent of the word ‘company’ today.

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