In the early 17th century, when the bookcases you see today were made, libraries similar to it could be found in universities and cathedrals, but this is the only one still to be chained.
From Tudor times the mace became the symbol of authority of the state and gradually maces became more ornamental in style and adapted for ceremonial use.
Maces were later used for carrying summonses and important messages, and the Mayor’s Mace Bearers used them as symbols of their authority.
The sword is purely ceremonial and, as far as is known, has no military associations, unlike the Mourning Sword.
The King’s Steel or Mourning Sword is believed to have been presented by Henry Vlll around 1528 and is only carried in the event of the death of the reigning Monarch or a Mayor during his year of office.
The content on this company profile may be inappropriate for some users.