Spitalfields Market trade token: 20th century

Charles Neal & Sons

Spitalfields Market trade token: 20th century
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

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Spitalfields Market trade token. G H Holden, a fruit and vegetable wholesaler at Spitalfields Market, would have issued this token. He would have paid a porter for his labour by giving him the token worth one shilling. At the end of the day, the porter would cash in the tokens he had earned to receive his pay. Such practice was common throughout London's wholesale markets where porters were employed as casual labourers rather than salaried staff. Charles Neal & Sons of 49-50 Percival Street, London EC made this token. Neal's was a family business that specialised in making medals, metal tickets and manufacturing tools.

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