Covent Garden, Enamel Porters Badge
Great Britain, London, Covent Garden, Round Enamelled-metal Porters Badge, probably mid 20th century, blue on white, front: COVENT GARDEN MARKET at top, AUTHORISED PORTER below, numbered “1492”, back: THIS BADGE REMAINS THE PROPERTY OF COVENT GARDEN MARKET LTD. In five lines, three long thin slots for attachment with straps to apron, diam. 64mm.
Covent Garden is a wholesale marketplace which has been trading officially since 1670 when the Duke of Bedford acquired from Charles II a charter allowing a fruit and vegetable market to take place every day except Sundays and Christmas day. A merchant in Covent Garden has to employ a badged porter and he has to pay the porterage charges for moving goods within the of the market.