These 'Freedom of the City' boxes and contents were presented as a sign of respect or acknowledgement of completion of apprenticeship and bestowed rights to the recipient. This sycamore or treen canister with removable lid contains two hand-written 'Freedom of the City of London' scrolls presented to a father and son (Rogers). Both have the 'Domine Dirige Nos' Coat of Arms. One of the documents grants the freedom to James (son of John Rogers), a joiner of London in 1772. The other grants freedom to Edward (son of James), a girdler of London, dated 1812. The box itself has the label ‘Copy of Freedom’ and below it ‘City of London’. These scrolls are presumably the copies given to the Rogers’, with the original documents retained by the Office of the City of London. The treen box shows wear and markings consistent with age and the rolled scrolls are showing age but are intact and with care can be completely opened to reveal the full documents. It is fascinating to see such a Freedom of City document box of more modest nature as very expensive and prestigious ones have been made in precious metals. 3.75 ins (9.5cm) x 1.25 ins (3.5cm) x 5 ins (12cm) circumference. Weight 42 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 206.
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