Brantford Street Railway Company Token

Description (Brief)
The Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut produced this transportation token during the early 20th century. The Scovill Company was established in 1802 as a button manufacturer and is still in business today. Scovill was an early industrial American innovator, adapting armory manufacturing processes to mass-produce a variety of consumer goods including buttons, daguerreotype mats, medals, coins, and transportation tokens.
Obverse: The legend reads: BRANTFORD ST. RY. CO./ ONE FARE.
Reverse: The legend reads: BRANTFORD ST. RY. CO./ ONE FARE.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Brantford Street Railway Company
Scovill Manufacturing Company
overall: 1.7 cm; 11/16 in
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accession number
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Industry & Manufacturing
Scovill Manufacturing Collection
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Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
Scovill Manufacturing Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Visitor Comments

9/20/2015 10:40:44 AM
Yosef Sa'ar
Your Catalog Number 1981.0296.1323 seems to be a pattern fare token from Brantford, Ontario. A white metal, centerholed example has been known to collectors for many years. This solid piece is new to me. May I ask how you know it was produced by the famous Scoville Mfg. Co.? What is the metal of the example in your collection? Sincerely, Yosef Sa'ar Elat on the Red Sea
4/20/2016 10:55:46 AM
Peter Liebhold
Scovill Manufacturing apparently kept one example of each piece they struck. This token is part of the collection that the company donated to the Smithsonian.
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