Seller: joslinhall (7,978) 100%, Location: Northampton, Massachusetts, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 162717025604 A Pair of Related Worshipful Company of Horners Items:Item #1- “Some Notes on 'The Old Book' of the Worshipful Company of Horners” By the Rev. H.G. Rosedale. Published by the Worshipful Company of Horners in 1911. Limited to 200 copies. description continues below the picture- - - - DISCUSSION: "Presented by the Worshipful Master to the members of the Company and their guests on the occasion of the Livery Banquet, January 26, 1911". A description of a manuscript volume compiled for the Horner's Company during the 16th and 17th centuries, much of it copied from older documents regarding the Company. The Company had recently purchased the volume at a Sotheby's auction (March 2-3, 1909, lot 685). The Worshipful Company of Horners website notes that "The craft of the Horner goes back 'to time immemorial', and there is no doubt that it was practised long before the Norman Conquest. The first known reference to the [Horners] Company was when its ordinances were 'corrected' in 1284, making it one of the most ancient of livery companies. Horn is a natural plastic [keratin], which allows it to be moulded into many articles, such as beakers, utensils, combs and buttons, but its greatest use, right up to the 18th century was in being beaten into translucent sheets to be fabricated into lantern leaves and even windows. As late as 1745, the Company had rights to 'press lantern leaves' for the City lighting, and up to Tudor times there was an official Horner to the Crown. In 1391 the Company was granted new ordinances which allowed it to elect its own wardens. In 1465 there was an important Statute that protected the craft, commercial rights and mysteries of the Horners. This Statute was later incorporated into the Charter granted to the Company by King Charles I on May 5th 1638. Unfortunately, the subsequent centuries saw the decline of the Company and the use of horn, largely accelerated by acrimonious trade disputes and the growing availability of cheaper glass. This 'ingenious but stinking business' was banished to outside the eastern City boundaries. However, despite these setbacks, in 1846, a petition to Parliament resulted in the Company being granted full livery rights. As a result, by 1890, the Horners had regressed to an introvert dining club, and the hall and plate had to be sold. Whilst the use of horn continued to decline, the twentieth century saw a considerable rise in the Company's fortunes. Through a succession of enterprising Clerks and Masters, their numbers were allowed to rise to 100 in 1905 and then to 200 in 1925. Seven Horners have served as Lord Mayor and many others in the office of Sheriff. In 1943, recognising that the working of horn was no longer a viable industry, the Company had the great foresight to adopt its modern equivalent, the Plastics Industry. Since that time the Company has played a role, and kept pace with a significant international technological industry." DESCRIPTION: Card covers. 6.5"x8", 25 pages, 2 double-page plates. CONDITION NOTES: Some soil and foxing- please see the photos. A Pair of Related Worshipful Company of Horners Items:Item #2- “A Short History of the Worshipful Company of Horners” By the Rev. H.G. Rosedale. Published by the Worshipful Company of Horners in 1912. Printed by Blades, East & Blades in January, 1912. description continues below the picture- - - - DISCUSSION: At a Sotheby's auction held on March 2-3, 1909, the Company had purchased (lot 685) a manuscript volume compiled for the Horner's Company during the 16th and 17th centuries, much of it copied from older documents regarding the Company. This volume enabled the Rev. Rosedale to complete this preliminary history of the early centuries of the Company, much of which had been shrouded in obscurity prior to the discovery of these documents. DESCRIPTION: Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 46 pages, plus 2 black & white plates. CONDITION NOTES: The covers have some light wear and soil. The book interior has some minor soil, but otherwise is clean and nice, with a tight binding. - - - OVERSEAS BUYERS PLEASE NOTE: Our International shipping charges are based on the weight, when boxed for shipping, of each book -please check the postage chart for the cost of shipping to your country. We offer “combined shipping charges” for orders for more than one book –this often means the shipping cost for the books is less than it would have been if they had been purchased and shipped one at a time, so please ask us for a shipping quote if you are thinking about buying more than one book. Thanks! - QUESTIONS about this item? 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