Catalogue Number: 3612
Diploma of Fellowship of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers for Frederick Price
Sub-Category: Certificate, diploma
Corporation: The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1948
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London, UK
Publisher/Manufacturer: Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers
Description Of Item: Diploma of Fellowship by examination of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers for Frederick James Price of 10 Dalmeny Road, Tufnall Park, London, stiff card, 550 x 455 mm, marked as Register no 9253, dated 5th August 1945 based on an examination in May 1948, signed by the Master, Alderman Sir Frank Newson-Smith Bt (who was Lord Mayor of London in 1943), sealed with a red seal and signed by the Clerk and Director of Examinations, Roland Champness. The wording of the diploma is surrounded by a heraldic and symbolic decorative border.
Historical Significance: The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London, UK. The Company was founded by a Royal Charter of Charles I in 1629; it was granted the status of a Livery Company in 1809. The Company was empowered to set regulations and standards for optical devices; this was eroded by the Industrial Revolution, after which mechanical advancements made trade restrictions difficult to enforce. The Company had the right, however, to set examinations that opticians had to pass before practising. This power was exercised for the first time in 1898. This power was surrendered to the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (now titled the College of Optometrists) in 1979. The College offers examination for Fellowship of the College, which is recognised under legislation for registration to practice optometry in the UK.
How Acquired: Donated by Nina Lennon via Lawrie Nolan
Date Acquired: 14 June 2018
Condition: Good. Some foxing and slight yellowing
Location: Archived journals room