Law and Practice
APPENDIX: COOPER’S MARKS
Figure A.1 The first 12 entries made on the register of London Coopers’ marks at the London Guildhall in 1420
Figure A.2 A selection of London Coopers’ marks registered in 1420. The marks are arranged in three rows to highlight the similarities between the marks in each row.
Note: The marks in Figures A.1 and A.2, were recorded following an ordinance of 1420, issued by the Mayor, Richard Whittington, and the Court of Aldermen, that every Cooper within the liberty of London should have his own iron mark or sign for marking barrels and kilderkins and have the same entered on record. Pursuant to the above ordinance the Coopers A.1 and A.2 residing within the franchise of the City were to present their marks, made of iron, to the court within 14 days, to be there recorded.
Reproduced with kind permission of the London Metropolitan Archives. These marks are recorded in the City’s Letter Book I at fos 246 and 247.
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