A Victorian silver-gilt Badge for the Chairman of the City of London Lord Mayor’s Committee.
A Victorian silver-gilt Badge for the Chairman of the City of London Lord Mayor’s Committee, London 1842, John MacGregor. The badge is engraved: ‘Presented by the Right Honourable Jno. Humphery M.P. Lord Mayor, John K. Hooper Esq. Aldn. & Jeremiah G. Pilcher Esq. Sheriffs: 1842-3 to W. Green Esq. Deputy & Chairman of the Lord Mayor & Sheriffs Committee.’ The inscription is arranged within a triangle of armorials belonging to the donors of the badge and the badge is also engraved on the belt hook with the arms of the City of London beneath a Deputy’s hat. The badge is housed in its original retailer’s case, with label: ‘J. MacGregor, Manufacturing Jeweller, No. 30 Charterhouse Square.’
I am indebted to the excellent website 925-1000.com for the following details about John MacGregor:
‘He was born in Scotland around 1791.
He entered three maker’s marks at Goldsmiths Hall in 1817-18 as a goldworker at 14 Charterhouse Street.
Christening records for five children of John and Ann Macgregor at St James, Clerkenwell 1818-28 show their father as a jeweller from Charterhouse Street.
The 1841 UK Census for Charterhouse Square shows him as a wholesale jeweller aged 50 years.
In 1851 he was recorded as a jeweller at 30 Charterhouse Square aged 58 years.
In 1861 he is recorded as widowed, a manufacturing jeweller and living at The Grove, Heston aged 70 years.
His death record has not been traced.’
Good. Some surface scratching to the face of the badge, minute areas of wear to the gilding.
Length – 10.50 cm.; Width – 6 cm.; Depth – 1.40 cm.; Weight – 60.50 gms. The case not measured.