Token, Bill's Brilliant Oil Blacking, Walsall

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Date:1801 - 1899 (c.)

Description:A token coin advertising Bill's Brilliant Oil Blacking and Furniture Cream, from Walsall.

During the 19th century it was common for publicans, licencees and shopkeepers to issue their own tokens or 'checks'. Most of the checks issued in Staffordshire were made by Birmingham and Black Country diesinkers and stamping workshops. They could be spent on goods sold at the named shop, and they also served as advertisements for the business.

Token.
Obverse: 'USE BILL'S BRILLIANT OIL BLACKING WALSALL'.
Reverse: 'USE BILL'S BRILLIANT FURNITURE CREAM LEAVES NO FINGER MARKS.'
Edge milled.

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Donor ref:66.136.0040 (37/32667)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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