LONDON TRADERS, TAVERN, AND COFFEE-HOUSE TOKENS, CURRENT 1649-1672. :
Index of Tradesmens tokens.
The # prefix is the numbering of the Beaufoy collection, and B is the prefix of additional tokens listed in the Boynes collection.
#1271 AT THE 7 STARES IN In the field, seven stars.
Rev. WHITECHAPPEL . 1650 R. I. C., in the field.
The Seven Stars is still a sign in the Whitechapel High street.
#1272 JOHN CASE IN. 1656 Three fleurs-de-lis, in the field.
Rev. WHITE - CHAPPELL In the field, I. E. C.
The fleur-de-lis, or lilies, though borne equally by the elder and younger branches of the Bourbon race, are not a peculiarly distinctive badge of that dynasty. The crown and mantle of the French sovereigns have been decorated with this symbol, from the reign of Louis the Young, in the twelfth century. The number of lilies borne on the royal shield was arbitrary and undefined, till they were reduced to three, by Charles the Sixth, in the beginning of the fifteenth century.
#1273 THE SUNN TAVERN IN In the field, the sun in rays.
Rev. WHITE CHAPPELL. 1656 T. R? T., in the field.
#1274 AT THE SUNN TAVERNE In the field, the sun in rays.
Rev. IN WHITCHAPPEL. 1658 S. E. C., in the field.
The sun appears to have set in these regions ; and, if the house yet remains, would seem long since to have been distinguished by another appellation.
#1275 WILL. BALET . SALTER A bear, with collar and chain.
Rev. WHIT BARE . WHIT CHAP L In field, W. M. B.
#1276 AT THE BLACK BOYES Two Negro boys, in the field.
Rev. IN WHIT. CHAPEL In the field, H. I. H.
#1277 NATH. LITTLEFORD In the field, three bezants or balls.
Rev. IN WHITCHAPEL N. L., in the field.
The Lombard arms. Nat Littleford was a pawnbroker, vulgo " mine uncle;" an affinity few have any gratification in acknowledging. As a pawnbroker's token it is probably unique, as no other has occurred to the writer. The Lombards, who, on the decline of commerce in Italy, came to England, and settled in a street called after them Lombard street, were the first money-lenders or pawnbrokers ; their trading-sign being three bezants, or Byzantine gold coin, in currency about the time of the Crusades. As these disappeared from circulation, and the object was forgotten by pawnbrokers, they conceived the bezants were balls ; so they continued the attraction of the gilded pills, and put forth more obtrusively as a device or sign three gilded or golden globes. The pawnbrokers, as they increased in numbers and wealth, degenerated in the knowledge of their ancient symbol, and, supposing its colour to be of no importance, drolly, of all others, adopted blue. This colour is seen where golden or gilded globes are not. Heraldically, blue, as a colour, imports hurts or injuries ; and purple, wounds : thus, pawnbrokers have of themselves adopted the symbol of their own condemnation ; as their blue-balls show that he who is injured in his circumstances may, by applying to them, be assisted by ready cash, and be hurt still more eventually ; in the results, looking himself very blue indeed, the chances, as the sign imports, being two to one against him.
#1278 ELIZABETH ROSE IN WHITE A rose, in the field.
Rev. CHAPPELL. HER HALF PENY A basket; and E. R.
Mrs. Rose appears to have been a basket-maker.
#1279 SOLOMON BONNER Brass-founders' arms, in the field.
Rev. IN WHITE CHAPPELL In the field, S. S. B.
The sign is still extant in Whitechapel road.
#1280 ROWLAND CUNEY Man in the moon, in the field.
Rev. IN WHITE CHAPPELL In the field, R. H. C.
#1281 EDWARD DALTON A patten, in the field.
Rev. IN WHIT. CHAPEL In the field, a bell.
The patten is the crest of the Patten-makers Company arms.
#1282 THE TOBACKE ROVLD A roll of tobacco, in the field.
Rev. HOVP IN WHITCHAPELL In the field, I. E. F.
#1283 ISAAC WEEKES IN A cow, or milkman's sign, in field.
Rev. WHITE CHAPPELL In the field, I. M. W.
#1284 HENRY NARTON Head of James Duke of York ; D. Y.
Rev. IN WHITECHAPPELL In the field, H. N. 1667.
The false popularity attempted to be created for the king's brother no doubt occasioned the setting up of " the Duke's Head ;" but the history of the period shows that this honour, rarely exhibited, was but ill deserved.
B3384. Obverse. RICHARD . AYSTIN . IN = A half-moon.
WHITECHAPPELL . 1656 = R . I . A. 1/4
B3385. Obverse. Thomas . Baker . in . white = A merchant’s mark.
R. CHAPPELL . CHEESMONGER = HIS HALFE PENY. 1668. 1/2
B3386. Obverse. WILL . BALET . SALTER = A bear.
R. WHIT . BEARE . WHIT . CHAP = W . M . B. 1/4
B3387. Obverse. WILLIAM . BECKITT . IN = A pie-Crust (?).
R. WHITE . CHAPPELL . 58 = W . A . B. 1/4
B3388. Obverse. John . Bell . in . 1656 = The Prince of Wales’s feathers.
R. WHITECHAPPELL = I . E . B. 1/4
B3389. Obverse. ERASMVS . BISH . IN . WHIT = A bell.
R. Chappell . Bellman = Three crowns in a shield, two and one. 1/4
B3390. Obverse. ISAAC . BLISSETT . IN . WTT . CHAPEL = A peacock.
R. AT . PEACOCK . ALLY . GATE = I . H . B. 1667. 1/4
B3392. Obverse. Edward . BYRCHETT = The Joiners’ Arms.
R. IN . WHIT . CHAPEL = E . I . B. 1/4
B3396. Obverse. Margaret . Charwell . in . harow = Three crowns on the royal oak.
R. ALLY . IN . WHITE . CHAPPELL = HER HALFE PENNY. M . C. 1666.
B3397. Obverse. WILL . CHUDLEY . IN . WHITE = A Still.
R. chappell . grocer = A tobacco-roll. 1/4
B3398. Obverse. Will . Clapton . cock . and = A cock and two horses.
R. HORSES . WHITE . CHAPEL = W . I . C. 1/4
B3399. Obverse. Richard . Clarke = A shoulder of mutton.
R. WHITE . CHAPPELL = R . E . C. 1/4
B3400. Obverse. Richard . Cullington . at . the = A lion rampant.
R. RED . LION . IN . WHITE . CHAPEL = HIS HALF PENY. R . A . C. ( Octagonal .) 1/4
B3402. Obverse. AT . THE . STILL . IN = A Still.
R. WHITE . CHAPPEL = I . A . D. 1/4
B3405. Obverse. 10 . FARGISON . AT . YE . BLEW = A lion rampant.
R. LYON . IN . WHITECHAPELL . HIS HALF PENY. 1669 1/2
B3406. Obverse. BEN . FELTON . AYT . YE . SWAN = A swan and crown
R. CROWN . IN . WHITECHAPELL = HIS HALF PENY. 1669 1/2
B3407. Obverse. WILLIAM . FOORD . AT . YE . BLAK = A lion rampant
R. LYON . IN . WHITECHAPELL . 68 = HIS HALFE PENNY. W . M . F . 1/2
B3408. Obverse. WILLIAM . FRELAND . The Drapers Arms.
R. AT . WHITECHAPEL . BARS = W . M . F . 1/4
B3409. Obverse. RICHARD . GREEN . 1670 = The Bakers Arms.
R. AT . WHITECHAPEL . BARS = HIS HALF PENY
B3410. Obverse. THOMAS . GROCOCKE . AT . YE . SPRED = A double-headed eagle, displayed.
R. EAGLE . TAVERN . WHITECHAPEL = HIS HALF PENY
B3412. Obverse. AT . THE . CLACK . BOYES = Two naked boys shaking hands.
R. IN . WHIT . CHAPELL = H . I . H . 1/4
B3413. Obverse. JOHN . HARIS . AT . THE . ROS = A full blown rose.
R. IN . WHIT . CHAPELL = I . A . H . 1/4
B3414. Obverse. SAM . HINCKS . AT . YE . BAG . OF = A bag with nails protruding.
R. NAILS . IN . WHITECHAPELL = HIS HALF PENY. 1669 . 1/2
B3415. Obverse. AT . THE . NAGGES . HEAD = A horses head, bridled.
R. IN . WHIT . CHAPELL = R . E. L . 1/4
“This house about Tower Ditch , and the Nags-hcad at White Chappel, were the two places where I found these persons about a twelve Moneth since, that should have Robbed him.”—“Colonel Turner’s Trial,” 1663. p. 51.
The position of this tavern is fixed by its being described as “ over against
White Chappel Church.”— lb., p. 59.
B3416. Obverse. AT . THE . SWAN . BRWHOWES = A Swan.
R. IN . WHIT . CHAPELL = R . E . L. 1/4
B3417. Obverse. at . the . white . lion =A lion rampant.
R. IN . WHITE . CHAPELL = T . M . L. 1/4
Observe the different Lions—Red (3400), Blue (3405), Black (3407), and White.
B3418. Obverse. NATH . LITTLEFORD = Three balls.
R. IN . WHIT . CHAPPELL = N . L. 1/4
The issuer was evidently a pawnbroker.— Vide No. 3369.
B3419. Obverse. Henry . MARTON = The Duke of York’s head, D . Y.
R. IN . WHITECHAPPELL = H . N. 1667.
B3420. Obverse. George . Perkens . at . ye = Three cups with covers.
R. 3 . CVPS . IN . WHIT . CHAPEL = A COOK. 1/4
B3421. Obverse. the . Moses . and . Aaron = Moses and Aaron standing.
R. IN . WHITE . CHAPPELL = I . S . R. 1/4
B3423. Obverse. JOHN . SKINNER . APOTHECARY = HIS HALFE PENY.
R. in . whit . chappell . i668 = A plough and three birds.
B3424. Obverse. AT . THE . QUEENS . ARMES = A griffin.
R. IN . WHITE . CHAPEL = E . E . T. 1/4
B3425. Obverse. THE . SUNN . TAVERN . IN = The SUN.
R. WHITE . CHAPPELL . 1656 = T . R . T.
B3426. Obverse. HUMPHREY . TARREN = Three Tuns.
R. WHITE . CHAPELL . BARRS = H . S . T. 1/4
B3427. Obverse. THOMAS . WEEDEN . IN . CHURCH = A Sugar-loaf.
R. LANE . IN . WHITE . CHAPEL = T . M . W.
B3429. Obverse. Margaret . West . at = An hour-glass.
R. WHITE . CHAPPELL = M . W. 1/4
B3430. Obverse. JOHN . WOOD . AT . YE . GOLDEN = A leg. I . W.
R. LEG . IN . WHITE . CHAPELL = A leg. E . W. 1/4
B3431. Obverse. Christopher . Worth = A hen and chickens.
R. IN . WHITE . CHAPELL = C . A . W.
#1285 AT THE OLD PRISON IN A sugar-loaf, in the field.
Rev. WHITCHAPPEL . 1656 In the field, F. H.
Taylor the water poet, in The Praise and Vertue of a Jayle and Jaylers, printed in 1630, among the eighteen gaols and prisons then " in London and within a mile," mentions this:
" Lord Wentworth's jayle within White Chappell stands,
And Finsbury, God blesse me from their hands!"
A manuscript volume of disbursements for Sir John Francklyn of Wilsden, knt., M. P., notices, October 29th, 1624, " Item, given to the prisoners at White Chappell, Is." Another act of ostentatious beggarly charity is recorded, on February 9th, 1625, " Item, to the poore at Poules, 2d*." Later, Hatton, in his New View of London, 1708, p. 783, while describing Whitechapel road, says "on the north side of this street is a prison for debtors in the manor of Stepney, under five .pounds per annum." The site of the prison, here, on the token of 1656, notified as of an "old" date, is marked in Bowles's large map of London, 1743.
B3411. Obverse. AT . THE . OLD . PRISON . IN = A building
R. WHITE . CHAPEL . 1656 = F . H . 1/4
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