The Stapleton Silver

The Stapleton Silver comprises seven beautiful Victorian Silver ornamental centrepieces, originally designed to hold fruit or flowers.  The two main pieces are of two stags with oak trees; six smaller side pieces also have oak trees and stags standing erect, browsing or simply lying down.  Collectively they are known as ‘The Stapleton Silver’ and are placed on the tables for the Fletchers’ dinners on special occasions.

The silver was commissioned in recognition of Robert Stapleton, a Fletcher and Loriner, for his ’21 years of valued public service and his unceasing labours in the freeing of Epping Forest and other open spaces for the people’.  Robert Stapleton became a Freeman and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Fletchers in 1874, was elected Renter Warden on 13 October 1882 and Master in October 1884.