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Coat of Arms

The different elements of the Vintners' Company Coat of Arms are described below.

Shield

Depicted here are three tuns, or large barrels, that were used for transporting wine.

Swans

The crest is supported on either side by swans. The Vintners, the Crown and the Dyers are the only legal owners of swans on the Thames. There are sometimes two nicks in the swans’ beaks – the Vintners’ mark of ownership. Around the necks hang bunches of grapes.

Ship

A medieval ship called a caravel symbolising the Vintners’ connection with the wine producing area in France Gascony.

Gold Cart-wheel on sail

The gold cart-wheel on the main sail is a fifteenth century emblem for St Martin.

Motto

"Wine gladdens the heart”. The motto was registered in 1822.

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