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    Sale 5969

    A West Country Tradition - Avon Antiques, Bradford-upon-Avon, Wiltshire

    21 May 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 63

    A CHARLES II BRASS WARMING PAN

    CIRCA 1680

    Price Realised  

    A CHARLES II BRASS WARMING PAN
    CIRCA 1680
    The cover engraved with a crowned figure in a shield and inscribed 'THE MERCERS' ARMS', a wrought-iron handle
    39 in. (99 cm.) long


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    The Mercers' Company were importers and exporters of fine silk and textiles and was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1394. The arms, without crest, were recorded in the visitations of 1568, 1634 and 1687, but the Company had no formal patent of arms until 1911, when the crest was added. The female figure is believed to represent the Virgin.

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    Provenance

    The John Fardon Collection, Chrisitie's, South Kensington, 1 May 1996, lot 257.


    Literature

    Bromley and Child, The Armorial Bearings of the Guilds of London, Warne and Co, London 1960, pp. 168-172.