Billingsgate market porters token: 20th century
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Billingsgate market porters token. This token is oval in shape with oval hole at centre. It has an inscription that reads: 'Edwin Plowman.Billingsgate/ One shilling'. Fish wholesalers at Billingsgate market paid porters for their work with tokens marked with a specific cash value. At the end of the day, porters would cash in the tokens to receive their daily wage. Such practice was common throughout London's wholesale markets where porters were employed as casual labourers rather than salaried staff. This token, used by the fish wholesaler Edwin Plowman, was worth 1 shilling.
1910 AD - 1950 AD