Robert Warren's Leather Blacking London Halfpenny

Robert Warren’s London (Middlesex) copper halfpenny token undated. Obverse: Warren’s bare-headed bust to the right with legend: “R. WARREN. THE INVENTOR OF JAPAN LIQUID BLACKING”. Reverse: A bottle of Japan Liquid on which is inscribed: “R.W No.14 ST. MARTINS LANE – LONDON”, with legend: “ROBERT WARRENS. LIQUID BLACKING MANUFACTORY”. Diagonally milled edge (/////). Robert Warren manufactured and sold a liquid preservative used for keeping black leather supple. Of special interest as this is the company Charles Dickers worked for as a child where he earned six shillings a week working ten hour days pasting labels on bottles. Good collectable condition with a light strike in centres, see photograph.

Withers No: 837, Davis Middlesex No: 63. Diameter 30.5mm. (↑→) F+. £20.00

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