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
Object Name
token, commemorative
token, commemorative, lace
date made
1794
Physical Description
copper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2.9 cm; 1 5/32 in
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
TE*T12692
catalog number
T12692
accession number
238479
subject
Lace
metalworking
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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