Response from Royal College of Arms
Subject: College of Arms
27 October 2004
Dear Mr Smith
Thank you for your e-mail of 26 October regarding the Arms of Sir Mathew Philip.
I should explain that the College of Arms was founded in 1484; systematic records of the full texts of grants of Arms were not maintained until the 1670s, although it is believed that the great majority of Tudor and Jackobean grants are on record here.
A manuscript volume in the records of the College of Arms and dating from the late sixteenth century includes tha Arms of a number of Mayors, Sherrifs and Aldermen of the City of London. Here the Arms of Sir Mathew Philip are give as Sable semy de lis Or a Lion rampant Argent crowned also Gold. No Crest was recorded.
I am afraid that it is not possible to photograph or photocopy the records. If you would like an illustration of these Arms it would be possible to commission one of the heraldic artists employed at the College of Arms to produce a painting or coloured drawing. If this is of interest please let me know.
Assistant to Windsor Herald