In June 2016 a small silver tobacco box came up for auction at Bonhams Homes & Interiors sale in Knightsbridge.
But this was no ordinary tobacco box. It dates back to the reign of Charles II – 1678 to be precise, 12 Years after the Great Fire of London.
As you can see from the image above, the lid has engraved onto it the Coat of Arms of the Bakers company, the name Edward Tylee and the date 1695.
An email was sent out to the Livery, in the hope that Liverymen might be prepared to pledge a donation towards its purchase; an attempt at Crowdfunding, if you will.
A total of £5200 was pledged by the following 17 liverymen (in no particular order):- the Master, Christopher Freeman, Fiona Grant, Barrie Judge, Baroness Parry, Michael Bellis, Garry Parker, Wendy Fenwick, Sara Autton, John Gorst, Colin Sach, Christian Jensen, Paul Heygate, Rex Joseph, Alan Willis, Max Elvidge and one liveryman who preferred to remain anonymous.
And the result was the purchase of this wonderful piece of historic Bakers silver – which was formally donated to the Company at the Court Lunch on 4th July.