History: Worshipful Company

glovers coat of arms

Glovers Coat of Arms

The Worshipful Company of Glovers of London is a guild of glove-makers that was formed in 1349. The company still survives today, although now it is primarily a charitable organization. A ceremonial link, though, is still maintained; the Company formally presents the King or Queen of England with gloves upon his or her coronation.The Company’s motto is True Hearts and Warm Hands.

Gloves for the Coronation

Gloves for the Coronation

Following is an ordinance of the The Worshipful Company of Glovers of London from its inception.

“Also – that no one of them shall sell his wares in any house at night by candle-light, seeing that folks cannot have such good knowledge by candle-light as by day-light, whether the wares are made of good leather or of bad, or whether they are well and lawfully or falsely made, on pain of forfeiting to the use of the Chamber the wares so sold by candle-light.

Reference:

Ralph W. Waggett: A History of the Worshipful Company of Glovers of London 2000

The Worshipful Company of Glovers of London web site