Randolph Payne Purveyor of Wine to Queen Victoria Board of Green Cloth Signed Warrant Document 1887


Fine and rare Warrant given to Randolph Payne by the Board of Green Cloth having been appointed as Purveyor of Wine to Queen Victoria, dated 11th August 1887. Embossed with the Board of Green Cloth coat of  arms, housed in its original gilt frame with the royal coat of arms. Randolph Payne & Sons were wine merchants that also counted Winston Churchill as a client.

"These are to Whill and require hereof

Randolph Payne
into the place of Purveyor of Wine in Ordinary
to Her Majesty

He is to have and enjoy all the Rights, Profits, Privileges, and advantages to the said Place
belonging during my will and pleasure, and for so doing this shall be Your Warrant.

Given under my hand this
Eleventh day of August 1887 in the _____ year of Her Majesty's Reign

The Board of Green Cloth was a board of officials belonging to the Royal Household. It took its name from the tablecloth of green baize that covered the table at which its members sat.

It audited the accounts of the Royal Household and made arrangements for royal travel. It also sat as a court upon offences committed within the verge of the palace. While it existed until modern times, its jurisdiction was more recently limited to liquor, betting and gaming licences for premises falling within the areas attached to or governed by the Royal palaces. The Board of Green Cloth disappeared in the reform of local government licensing in 2004.

Size of Document: 33 x22 cm approx
Size of Frame: 59 x 31 cm approx

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