Mayoral & Ceremonial Robes, Chains & Pendants
'...Time-honoured tradition - Made in Australia...'
Australian made, tailored here in Melbourne by us, using select fabrics and expert garment construction techniques.
We make a variety of mayoral garments including ornate historical, traditional style & corporate style. We can also design & make regalia that is unique to your council.
Designs may be incorporate indigenous artwork, using regional materials. Mayoral garments may also be informed by historical precedent or corporate branding.
A variety of fabrics including damask, wool and wool-blends are available. Garment details such as embroidered bullion motifs, detailed edging and oak leaf facings may be incorporated into the design. Only faux-fur is used in our garments.
With over 70 years of experience, we can design and manufacture mayoral chains, pendants, monograms and other insignia that can be worn with pride and dignity.
Mayoral chains are formal, full-dress type of regalia. One chain requires around 25-30 links or term bars. These links feature the engraved name and term of each successive mayor. Every link is joined using fine chain that is assembled carefully by hand. We have standard link types available or we can design and make links unique to your council.
A variety of finish options are available and we engrave your chain links as required. We can also refurbish existing chains and add links, ornamental links or secondary chains.
Mayor and Deputy Mayor Pendants
We design and manufacture mayoral pendants in a variety of styles ranging from contemporary types informed by corporate branding, through to ornate pendants with filigree.
A variety of metal finish options are available & coloured enamel may be incorporated into the design.
Mayoral pendants may be worn with a full chain (formal/full-dress regalia) or with a simple, elegant collarette (informal/un-dress regalia). We can design pendants so they may be interchangeable with either chain or collarette. We also design and make complimentary deputy mayor regalia.
A mayoral pendant with collarette is a simple but elegant option to a full set of mayoral chains.
Also referred to as un-dress or informal regalia, the collarette may be made using grosgrain ribbon or velvet and fully lined. Decorative edge braiding also available.
The select colour of the collarette may suit council branding. A term bar at the base of the collarette is a nice way to provide a link to the pendant.
An ideal gift to a mayor or councillor at the completion of his or her term of office.
Miniatures are small replicas of mayoral pendants or other council insignia that may include a term bar with engraving.
They can also be presented as a special gift or token to community members, friends or as an achievement award.
Ornamental Links and Monograms
Ornamental chain links are specially designed components of a chain that provide junctions between the arrangements of term bars.
Ornamental links are often two or three letter intertwined monograms but may also be council insignia, flora, fauna or representations of local or historical landmarks.
70 years of Making & Refurbishment Services
We offer a complete refurbishment service for your existing regalia. Chains may be hand stitched and mounted onto tailored fabric collars. New term bars or ornamental links may be attached. Replicas, engraving, re-plating - we design and craft regalia unique to your requirements.
Term Bars and Engraving
George H. Lilley offers an expert engraving service for your mayoral chain and pendant requirements.
Term bars are the components that make up a mayoral chain. Each term bar is engraved with mayor name and term of office. Term bars may be designed specifically for council, or select from standard types. We can also replicate to match existing chains.
All engraving is done in-house by us. For any engraving, we require you to submit your text by email or in writing.
Complete Artwork and Design Service
70 + years of design and craftsmanship
‘...from initial concept & sketch design through documentation, sampling & final manufacture of garment or product...’
Visualisation & representation including:
- Vector artwork
- Hand drafting or digital artwork
- Metal casting including spin casting & lost-wax casting
- Metal crafting by hand
- Expert engraving
- Vitreous & synthetic enamelling
Engraved term bars, monograms and feature links make up a set of mayoral chains
Mayoral Pendants, Deputy and Councillor Pendants
The Sewing Room
Behind the scenes in our Melbourne workshop