On Tuesday the 18th of February 2020, Freemen, members and guests of The Guild of Nurses came together for an informative and entertaining tour conducted by the Beadle, David Hasler of Cutlers’ Hall in Warwick Lane.  This has been the home of the Worshipful Company of Cutlers since March 1888.  He was ably accompanied by Yeoman Warder Colin Smith.  The Hall houses wonderful examples of swords, cutlery (some dating back to the Stone Age), scissors, surgical instruments, furniture and paintings. Elephants and ivory feature strongly throughout the Hall as well as on the Master’s Badge. The elephant is presumed to allude to the ivory employed in the work of hafting swords, knives and other weapons; a costly material in times gone by, only fit for the best of implements. The Company also possesses and displays a fine collection of City of London as well as Livery and Guild related medals dating from their origins in the 17th century to the present day.

Our tour ended in the magnificent Livery Hall. Here we learnt about the Loyal Toast and the Rosewater Ceremony.  We finished with an explanation and demonstration of the Loving Cup Ceremony which everyone participated in.  A drinks reception preceded an excellent lunch which was taken in the Courtroom.

A big thank you goes to Hilary and the Social Committee for organising this wonderful event.

Gerri De Sausmarez