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The City of London


Published: City of London, 1844

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An 1844 copy of a "Freedom of London" certificate on parchment (39cm x 8cm) rolled to fit into a cylindrical Treen box (10.5cm x 3.2cm) labelled "Copy of Freedom of London". (The original of which was lodged in the London Guildhall in 1844)

The face of the document has the printed crest of the City of London on the left hand side, covering 7cm, with the rest of the document pre-written in copperplate excepting for the details and date of the issuing, being handwritten in Pen and ink.

The following is the wording with the handwritten content in bold. Note that a Loriner is a maker of small iron articles such as stirrups, spurs and horse bits.

"Henry Gold of London Loriner was admitted into the Freedom Afore said and sworn in the Mayorality of Michael Gibbs Esq Mayor and Anthony Brown Esquire Chamberlain and is entered in the book signed with the letter K relating to the purchasing of Freedoms and the Admissiion of Freemen (to wit) the 3rd day of December in the 8th year of the reign of Queen Victoria, and in the year of Our Lord 1844 in witness where of the seal of  The Office of the Chamberlain of the said city is hereunto Affixed dated in the Chamber of the Guildhall of the same City the Day and Year above said."

The reverse of the document has the following wording in pen and ink:

"3rd December 1844. Henry Gold was this day admitted in the Livery of the Worshipful company of Loriners of London"

(Signature not legible)


  • Overall Condition: Good
  • Sold By: Fortunate Finds Bookshop
  • Contact Person: Kathy Sullivan
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 0761689830
  • Preferred Payment Methods: EFT payment for South African Buyers. PayFast for overseas buyers, regrettably I no longer accept credit cards.
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