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U.S. Merchant token

U.S. Merchant token
Title
U.S. Merchant token
Date 
1850
Medium 
Gilt brass
Dimensions 
Overall: 1 in. ( 2.5 cm )
Description 
Token; gilt brass; bust of Lady Liberty, surrounded by stars, on obverse; blad eagle with a shile don its breast on reverse; obverse "SCOVILLS / NEW YORK 101 WILLIAM ST" reverse "SCOVILLS / DAGUERREOTYPE MATERIAL"
Object Number 
Z.3012
Gallery Label 
Imitation of the U.S. $10 gold piece. The Scovill firm of Waterbury, CN had its own outlet 1846-1850 in New York City. At that time the manufature of daguerreotype plates became an important part of their business.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group