During the relatively short period which has elapsed since the formation of the Company, it has been fortunate in building up a significant collection of silver and other valuable objects, thanks to the generosity of Liverymen and others.
Much of the collection is displayed at every Livery dinner, some of those items being in regular use, while others simply grace and adorn the tables.
The Cups and Tankards have regular places at our tables, and many members will have personally handled the eight silver gilt Loving Cups which were designed and made especially for the Company by Mr. Alex Telford. These cups incorporate in their design details of the Company's Armorial Bearings, the central motifs of which are the three towers. One such tower is formed as the stem of each Loving Cup complete with its portcullis, whilst the Arms supporters — the Lion and the Dragon — are made to connect the handles to the Cup itself.
The Company owns a collection of silver gilt goblets, consisting of six sets of three, again designed and made by Mr Telford with the same theme as the Loving Cups and are placed for use of the Master, the Senior and Junior Wardens, the President of the Institute and the Senior Past Masters who are present at Livery dinners.
Similar to those are five further goblets, which are placed for use of Honorary Liverymen present or other distinguished guests attending Company functions.
Other silverware which the Company has in its collection has its standard place at table. A George II Silver Drinking Cup by Thomas Lawrence graces the area immediately in front of the Master, while the Antique Howitt Cup is always placed before the President of the Institute, the Sheffield Cup immediately before the proposer of the principal toast, and the Silver Domed Tankard before the Clerk. Also in the silver collection is the Fire Cup, which is a faithful copy of the cup presented by the Lord Mayor in 1666 to one Joseph Walls for bravery in the Great Fire, and a more recent gift being a silver Quaich.
Not all of the collection is silver or indeed cups. One of the earliest gifts was the Company's Mace, the head of which is detached and placed before the Master at Livery dinners.
The Robes worn by the Master and the Wardens together with the embellishment of the Company's Coat of Arms were also fine gifts donated by Past Masters, as were the Engraved Bowl, the Ceremonial Chain of Office for use by the Master at official gatherings, and the Brooch worn by the Master's Lady and passed to her successor each year. The retiring Master's Lady receives a replica of the Brooch, also donated, at the end of the Master's year of office.
The Institute has graciously set aside an area of the Members' Room in Chartered Accountants' Hall in which some of the Company's treasures are displayed. These include the Company's Letters Patent, and two fine portraits of Past Masters who achieved the Mayoralty and rendered outstanding service to the Company: Sir Kenneth Cork and Sir Brian Jenkins.