Æ Penny 1814. 35.6mm. Industrial scene. WITHYMOOR SCYTHE WORKS above view of a man working at a drop hammer, ONE PENNY 1814 in exergue. R. ONE POUND NOTE PAYABLE FOR 240 TOKENS PAYABLE BY JAs GRIFFIN & SONS around; in centre, a scythe, and knives for cutting hay and straw. W 1216 Slight surface marks, otherwise almost Extremely Fine. Ex Gahlin collection, ex Don Kabel (Baldwins October 2011 lot 398 where it made £170+ premium)
There is a place called Withymoor in Staffordshire, but it has nothing to do with this token. Underhill's 1816 directory clearly lists the firm of James Griffin as being in Netherton (listed under 'Dudley') - and the firm is still there !
James Griffin & Sons - James Griffin & Sons were makers of agricultural implements. The firm was founded in the latter part of the 18th century by James Griffin who early in the 19th century took his son into the partnership. James died in 1818 and the son continued the business under the same name. Their factory was situated at the canalside in Netherton, near Dudley, Worcestershire, not at Withymoor in Staffordshire as stated by Davis. Although there have been several changes of name the company is still in business and in 1979 issued a copy of the 1813 token with a plain edge to celebrate their 200th anniversary.
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Worcestershire - Dudley - Netherton - British Copper Tokens - 19th Century
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