Livery Companies Coats of Arms antique print. Original print c.1900 published in the Boys Own Paper illustrating the coats of arms of livery companies of the City of London at the beginning of the twentieth century.
The livery companies of the City of London, currently 110 in number, comprise London’s ancient and modern trade associations and guilds, almost all of which are styled the ‘Worshipful Company of…’ their respective craft, trade or profession. London’s livery companies play a significant part in City life, not least by providing charitable-giving and networking opportunities. Liverymen retain voting rights for the senior civic offices, such as the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs and City of London Corporation, its ancient municipal authority with extensive local government powers.
A coat of arms is a heraldic visual design on an escutcheon (i.e., shield), surcoat, or tabard. The coat of arms on an escutcheon forms the central element of the full heraldic achievement which in its whole consists of a shield, supporters, crest, and motto. A coat of arms is traditionally unique to an individual person, family, state, organization or corporation.