Copper Spitalfields Market token: 20th century
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Copper Spitalfields Market token. A trader at Spitalfields market would have paid a porter for his work by giving him this token. At the end of the day, the porter would cash in the tokens to receive his pay. This practice was common throughout London's markets where porters were employed as casual labourers rather than salaried staff. The London firm Charles Neal & Sons of 49-50 Percival Street, London EC made this token for the trader G Harlow; it is marked '10/s' on the reverse side. Neal's is a family business that has specialised in making medals, metal tickets and manufacturing tools for the past 200 years.
1900 AD - 1980 AD