A view of the Pawnbroker shop in the Victorian Walk Gallery

A view of the Pawnbroker shop in the Victorian Walk Gallery
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40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

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A view of the Pawnbroker shop in the Victorian Walk Gallery.
Pawnbrokers, referred to as ‘uncle’, were the poor person’s bank. Clothing and jewellery were handed over in exchange for a loan. If the loan was not repaid within a year, ‘uncle’ could sell the goods. By 1900 there were 700 pawnbrokers in London. Forfeited articles for sale in this window include Sunday best clothing, wedding gifts and ornaments.

The ‘Victorian Walk’ uses original
shopfronts and objects from the Museum’s collection to capture the atmosphere of London life at the close of the 19th century –
a shopping arcade, a barber’s, a bank manager’s and clerk’s offices, a public bar, a back alley of warehouses and workshops.

Image Details

Date
 
1837 AD - 1901 AD
Image Number
 
007848

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