The Norweb Collection -
Tokens of the British Isles 1575-1750.
Part VIII, Middlesex and Uncertain Pieces.
by R.H. Thompson and M.J.
This volume, covering the county of
Middlesex, is the concluding part of the monumental eight-volume
catalogue of The Norweb Collection of 17th Century Tokens of the
British Isles. The first volume was published in 1984 and
subsequent volumes appeared at intervals of roughly four years. It
is the largest private collection that has ever been formed,
addressing some 13,000 pieces. The extent and quality of the
collection makes it an ideal vehicle for a conspectus of the token
coinage of the period and these publications are likely to remain
the most comprehensive standard works on the series for the
Of the 1,617 types in this volume,
over 270 are not in Williamson's catalogue. A concordance
facilitates reference by Williamson or Dickinson number together
with extensive indexes. Every type is illustrated on the 68 plates,
also included in this volume are Uncertain Pieces and Forgeries
from the collection. Several re-attributions from one county to
another are published here for the first time and many readings and
duplicate recordings have been corrected.
Many Middlesex token-issuers seem
to have serviced the needs of the City and several new trades are
noted here for the first time such as Baconman, Cake-house
proprietor, Letter receiver, Throwster, Tripeman, Vinegar merchant,
Worstedshop and Yarnshop keeper. An essay on Andrew Welch of
Shadwell a Draper, Chart-Maker and Token Issuer forms part of the
introductory material, providing a fascinating insight into the
activities of a tradesman of the time and the significance of signs
employed on the tokens.
A comprehensive index volume to the
entire series is planned, with classification, concordance, and if
Crown quarto, pp. cxvi, 442,
including 68 plates. Casebound in library buckram, dustwrapper.
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