|Motto||Pour parvenir a bonne foy|
|Location||Cutlers' Hall, 4 Warwick Lane, The City. EC4M 7BR|
|Date of formation||Thirteenth century|
|Order of precedence||18th|
|Master of company||Colin Evans|
The trade of knife-making and repairing was formed in the thirteenth century as a guild; the Cutlers' Company received a Royal Charter in 1416. The Company, like many other City Livery Companies, no longer has a strong connection with its trade, which for the most part relocated north to Sheffield, where a similar association, the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire was established. Thus, the Livery Company remains primarily as a charitable institution. The Company funds and administers a variety of educational initiatives such as scholarships and awards.
John Stowe stated that the arms of the Cutlers of London ("Gules, three pairs of swords in saltire argent hilts and pommels or) were granted in 1476 by Thomas Holme, Clarenceux King of Arms, and the crest "an elephant bearing a castle" by Robert Cooke (c.1535-1592/3), Clarenceux. The supporters are two elephants.
The elephant probably relates to the ivory used to make the handles of expensive swords and knives. The elephant and castle crest gave rise to a public house displaying the crest as its sign, on the site of an old cutlers' inn at Newington, south London, which in turn gave its name to the area which became known as Elephant and Castle.
The Company's livery hall is located on a site in Warwick Lane once occupied by the Royal College of Physicians, near Newgate Street. It was designed by T. Tayler Smith, the Company's surveyor, and was opened in 1888. It is a brick building, the façade decorated with a terracotta frieze depicting the processes of knife-making by the sculptor Benjamin Creswick, who had worked as a knife-grinder in Sheffield.
- The Cutlers' Company
- Cheeswright, Richard James (1881). . An Historical Essay on the Livery Companies of London. Croydon: Richard James Cheeswright. pp. 25–50.
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