An exceptionally rare and documentary 17th century Charles I engraved and pieced brass and iron warming pan, produced for 'THE WEAVERS ARMES'
Public House, Allgate, London
punch-decorated with the Arms of The Worshipful Company of Weavers,
Measuring 37.75 inches in length height, the lid 12 inches in diameter
This exceptionally fine and rare early engraved warming pan belongs to a small group of dated and undated engraved warming pans which can be attributed to one unidentified maker working through the reigns of James I, Charles I and The Commonwealth period in London. This example is one of a group of 'Pub warming pans' likely produced for the earliest known 'signed Public Houses' which came into official existence by proclamation of Richard II to have all inns registered as Pub Houses bearing their signs - thereby becoming legal and tax-paying ale houses/inns. This sparked the registration of Pubs to name and sign their establishments most often under the names or heraldic arms of their patron or their local crafts or guilds. This example is engraved 'THE WEAVERS ARMES', with the central engraved Coat of Arms of The Worshipful Company of Weavers of London, the most ancient of the livery companies of London (Three Madder Bags). The Guild's Public House is referred to in early seventeeth century registries as 'The Signe of The Weavers Armes neere Allgate'.
The domed cover pieced and punch-decorated with The Worshipful Company of Weavers, London, all within a broad band bearing the inscription 'THE WEAVERS ARMES', the flattened wrought-iron handle terminating in a rat-tail suspension loop.
See The John Fardon Collection, Christie's South Kensington, 1 May 1996, lots 241-266 for several examples by the same maker of dated and undated early brass warming pans.
Also see The Clive Sherwood Collection, Sotheby's Olympia, 22 May 2002, for an example by this maker dated 1633.
Also see Bonhams Chester, 15 September 2011, lot 392 for a later example by the same maker, reputedly once the property of Oliver Cromwell, and bearing the Coat of Arms of the English Commonwealth, dated 1658.
Also see and example dated 1620 in The Collection of Selly Manor, Birmingham, and a lid by the same maker dated 1630 in The Victoria & Albert Museum.
Please also see our similar example from 'The Diers Arms' pub, circa 1630, currently available at Baraset House Fine Art www.barasethouse.com