Although many believe the commencement of Sterling & Pervert was somehow related to the founding of the Freemasonry Lodge in Munich on 23 May of same year, Sterling & Pervert was, in fact, founded immediately following the death of Cosimo III de’ Medici, who merged with the infinite on 31 October, 1723. There is no correlation to either of these historical events, however; it was merely a coincidence.
Unlike many similar institutions, Sterling & Pervert has ever been open-minded and forward-thinking as far as the roles of gender are concerned, and this remains true. So be assured, ladies (women, females, &c. As you prefer), you are perfectly welcome among the ranks. We ask only that you do not take exception when asked to fetch tea, however; at some point or other, we have all had to put the kettle on, as it were.
As is often the case with such progressive-minded societies within Society, there was a period (1815-1901) throughout which Sterling & Pervert was rather obliged to keep a very low profile. During said time our numbers sadly dwindled. This dark period happily came to a close in late 1901 with the Great Re-Founding ceremony, which brought S&P luminaries from far and wide together in open society for the first time in nearly a century. Needless to say, many S&P documents, codices and sundry other physical testimonies were misplaced, confiscated or otherwise lost to posterity, including the oil portraits of the original founders. Below, however, is but a smattering of extant portraits in evidence of our esteemed members present at the Great Re-Founding.
At the inception of this Sterling & Pervert renaissance, the syndicate established a strict, quasi-democratic decision-making policy, wherein the vote of any single member would be based on an ever-shifting collection of criteria [the weights and measures of which are largely kept from all of the so-called ‘minor’ proponents, and most constituents]. This being the case, Sterling & Pervert has yet to establish a structure with which to make an Initial Public Offering, but it is in process.