*motto of Child & Co.
“On the death of Blanchard in 1681, Child inherited the bulk of his fortune, and also that of the Wheelers, and in July of the same year the firm became Francis Child and John Rogers. Child was the first banker who gave up the goldsmith’s business, and he is called by Pennant ‘the father of the profession.’ Previous to 1690, the old ledgers of the firm were full of goldsmiths’ and pawnbroking accounts mixed up with banking transactions. The sign of the marygold may still be seen in the water-mark of the present cheques, and the original sign is preserved in the front shop over the door which leads into the back premises. It is made of oak, the ground stained green, with a gilt border surrounding a marygold and sun, and the motto ‘Ainsi mon ame.’ Mr. J. G. Nichols, in the ‘Herald and Genealogist’ (iv. 508), gives an engraving of the sign. It was probably painted about 1670.”