Victorian London - Directories - Dickens's Dictionary of London, by Charles Dickens, Jr., 1879 - "Vintners' Company"

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Vintners’ Company (The) was incorporated by Edward III., in whose days claret was sold in London at 4d. the gallon, and Rhenish at 6d. Charles I. allowed the vintners to raise the price 1d. per quart in return for the duty of £2 per tun. The present hall is not ancient. There is a fine piece of tapestry in ex­cellent preservation representing St. Martin of Tours, the patron saint of the vintners, in one of the ante-chambers; and in the court-­room, above the fireplace, there is a painting of St. Martin dividing his cloak with a beggar, which looks like a Rubens. The com­pany possesses a magnificent salt­-cellar, silver-gilt, the work of Cellini. The oak carving in the hall and court-room is remarkably fine.

Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879