Traditionally, the Mayor of a Borough is accompanied on certain civic occasions by the mace and bearer. Nowadays, of course, the mace is purely a ceremonial staff of office but back in the Middle Ages it was a weapon, a type of club usually with a spiked metal head.
Brentwood's mace, made for the new Borough, is a thing of beauty, a unique item of Brentwood's heritage and a tribute to the craft of Ron Chapman, one time councillor and long established jeweller in the High Street.
The mace measures around three feet in length and is made entirely from silver. The head is scalloped and has five sides depicting, in coloured enamel, the coat of arms or crest and scenes around the Borough. The top edge of the head is shaped to represent battlements. Gilded flames cradle the base of the head and feature around the staff which is hollow silver.
The original 'Burnt Wood' of Brentwood's name is incorporated into the design and where the staff meets the head the silver has been cast in wood.
The five sided bosses in the middle and at the end of the staff include engraved depictions of the parishes and villages of Brentwood. The head is topped with scroll work and a deer, and the base finished with an acorn.