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Tokens used for payments => Transport tokens => Ferry, toll road and bridge tokens. => Topic started by: malj1 on June 30, 2014, 12:55:42 AM

Title: S. Portland St. Suspension Bridge Glasgow
Post by: malj1 on June 30, 2014, 12:55:42 AM
This one appeared on eBay but went beyond my price for a scruffy piece.  ;D or perhaps its just a lousy photo?  ???

1853 Pass Token For S. Portland St. Suspension Bridge Glasgow rev. shows a tree with a bell and fish with the legend 'LET GLASGOW FLOURISH'

Seller remarks possibly Silver? it has the appearance of a lead communion token from where I am sitting.

Title: Re: S. Portland St. Suspension Bridge Glasgow
Post by: Figleaf on June 30, 2014, 10:41:48 AM
Not a communion token, but probably a toll bridge token. The text on the upper picture is SOUTH PORTLAND STREET / SUSPENSION BRIDGE. That bridge (http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=8317) still exists. The tree, bell and herring are elements of the Glasgow city arms, as are the bird and the ribbon.

Peter

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/46/Glasgow_Coat_of_Arms.png)
Title: Re: S. Portland St. Suspension Bridge Glasgow
Post by: malj1 on June 30, 2014, 10:56:36 AM
I intended to convey that it was more of the composition of communion tokens such as lead. [rather than silver]

Kushi lists it as GBR-S 420 RA and describes it as Pewter.

Ronnie Breingan lists it as RB440 and describes it as white-metal oval 23X13mm

[Scottish Transport Tokens]
Title: Re: S. Portland St. Suspension Bridge Glasgow
Post by: Figleaf on June 30, 2014, 11:10:55 AM
In the 1850's, when the bridge was erected, lead was again* widely known to be poisonous (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin%27s_lost_expedition). Therefore, the metal is more likely to be tin, a metal that is soft enough to explain what Malcolm calls its scruffiness. :) Another possibility is zinc, which is somewhat harder.

Peter

* The Romans knew it was, but that knowledge was lost in the Middle Ages.