Lace Manufacturer Token From 1794

Description
This token valued at a half penny was issued by a merchant to pay his workers in 1794. The inscription reads "Pay at Leighton Berkhamsted or London - 1794" with a sheep on one side, "Lace Manufactory" and a woman making lace on a pillow under a tree on the other. "Chambers, Langston, Hall & Co” is stamped around the rim. The token could only be used at one of the merchant's stores. Chambers, Langston, Hall & Co were haberdashers at 46 Gutter Lane, Cheapside, London. This type of tokens was possibly issued due to a shortage of official small change coins in the late 18th century.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1794
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
copper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2.9 cm; 1 5/32 in
ID Number
TE*T12692
catalog number
T12692
accession number
238479
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Mendel L. Peterson, 1961
subject
Lace
metalworking
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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