The Mansion House has an “unparalleled collection” of York gold and silver plate and holds one of the largest collection of civic plate in England, second only to London. Since York for centuries was the unofficial capital of the north it seems logical that the collection should reflect this.
Two of the earliest pieces are the seventeenth century silver chamber pot and gold cup which were brought to the City of York with monies bequeathed by Marmaduke Rawdon in 1672.
In March 1998, Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer, hosted an informal meeting of European Finance Ministers and central bank governors in the Mansion House and the chamberpot was placed on the dining table as a conversation piece. Since then the chamberpot has regularly appeared on the top table at the traditional meal after the annual meeting of the City of York Council when the new Lord Mayor is appointed.