The Tradition of the Chain of Office
A tradition originating with the Dukes of Normandy, civic authorities have borne an official seal incorporating the arms of the authority. The seal was originally worn on a gold chain around the neck of the chief official. This 'decoration' has evolved into the modern Chain of Office.
The modern Chain of Office is composed of several elements linked together with pieces of chain, from which hangs a medallion. Chains of Office are usually sewn onto a velvet collar which is not only decorative, but makes the chain more comfortable to wear.
Upon inauguration of a new Mayor for the Township of King, the Chain of Office is symbollically placed around the Mayor's neck. The Mayor wears the Chain of Office to all Council meetings and ceremonial occasions when appearing in his official capacity, as a mark of pride in the municipality in which we live. The Chain of Office represents the responsibilities, authority and dignity which are attached to the office of the Mayor.
What do the symbols on the Mayor's Chain of Office represent?