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Love Token - James Davis, England, Great Britain, 1825 Reg. No: NU 45914
- Love Token - James Davis, Great Britain, 1825 (AD)
Love tokens were often commissioned by convicts before they were transported to Australia, as a memento for their loved ones. Itinerant engravers visited the prisons and hulks, finding a ready market for these tokens, which were made to order from smoothed-down coins.
Love tokens are evidence of the British Government's attitude to law and order and treatment of indentured labourers in a strict Government 'Assignment System' which provided cheap labour for the expanding British empire during the 1700s and 1800s.
About one third of migrants who came to Australia between 1830 and 1850 paid their own way. Convicts and settlers who came to Australia found that in comparison to Europe, conditions were very good and with hard work and determination they could prosper.
- A love token engraved on a 1797 British penny (36 mm). The obverse of the penny been removed and engraved, above a heart pierced by two arrows, 1825 / From James Davis / To Mis Tilly . The original reverse has also been removed and engraved, When / this you see / Remember / Me When / I am Far / Away. The edge is plain.
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
|Dimensions:||36 mm (Diameter)|
|Tagged with:||families, immigration, immigrant voyages, settlement, convicts, travel, love tokens|
|Themes this item is part of:||Numismatics & Philately Collection|
|Secondary Classification:||Great Britain - England|
|Tertiary Classification:||love tokens|
|Obverse Description:||The obverse of the penny been removed and engraved, above a heart pierced by two arrows, 1825 / From James Davis / To Mis Tilly|
|Reverse Description:||The original reverse has also been removed and engraved, When / this you see / Remember / Me When / I am Far / Away|
|Edge Description:||The edge is plain|
|Inscriptions:||1825 From James Davis To Mis Tilly
When this you see Remember Me When I am Far Away
|Issued By:||England, Great Britain|