token; trade one penny (Phoenix Iron Works)

Production date
1813
Description
Copper one penny token. On the obverse is a view of the factory with nine smoking chimneys. On the reverse is a female figure (Justice) holding sword and scales. On the ground is a strung bale on the left and a barrel on the right. These tokens were issued to staff as wages.
The Phoenix Iron Works were in Maryhill, Glasgow. Also called Phoenix Foundry it was founded by Thomas Edington who had been employed by the Carron Company (1764) as a travelling salesman and later manger of Cramond Iron works (1765) which had been purchased by Carron pervious to this. He later moved to Glasgow and began the Clyde Iron Works and circa 1797 he started the Phoenix Foundry in partnership with his two sons. It is often seen as the first true ornamental ironfounder in Glasgow.
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Production date
1813
Signature & date
obverse:embossing:"PHOENIX/ IRON WORKS/ GLASGOW"
reverse:embossing:"ONE PENNY TOKEN/ 1813"
Associated date
1813
Accession number
2008-004-002

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