The Preston-Morley Buckinghamshire Collection: Tokens

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Date of Auction: 28th November 2001

Sold for £320

Estimate: £250 - £300

17th Century, Buckingham, John Hartlee, Farthings (2, different rev. dies), heart, 1.24g/6h, mm. mullet, reads bvckinggam (Berry & Morley 41; BW. 32), and 0.86g/6h, mm. mullet, reads bvckinggam, with diamond stop over i of initials (Berry & Morley 42; SCBI Norweb 296, this piece; BW. 32); John Hartlee, Farthing, 1650, heart, mm. mullet, 1.11g/6h (Berry & Morley 40; SCBI Norweb 297, same dies; BW. 33); John Hartlee, Farthing, heart, mm. sexfoil, 0.88g/12h, reads bvckinggame (Berry & Morley 43; BW –); John Hartley, Farthing, 1660, heart, mm. pierced mullet, 1.24g/12h (Berry & Morley 44; BW. 34); John Hartley, Halfpenny, 1660, heart, reads ob[olus = Halfpenny], rev. tree, 1.64g/12h (Berry & Morley 45; SCBI Norweb 298, same dies; BW. 34A) [6]. B & M 41, 40 and 45 very fine, B & M 44 weak in parts but fine and extremely rare, the best of only two specimen in private hands, others only fair but both very rare; an exceptional group of this issuer, only lacking one recently-discovered and as yet unpublished variety (£250-300)

Footnote

Provenance:
*B & M 41 F E Baker Collection, October 1977. See Colour Plate III

B & M 42 Mrs Emery May Norweb Collection [from Baldwin];
J Maitland Collection, BDW Auction 8, 16 November 1994, lot 731 (part) [from S Porter, September 1989]

B & M 40 bt Seaby August 1970.

B & M 43 A Heal Collection, Phillips [Oxford] Auction, 30 September 1997, lot 320 (part);
bt S Monks October 1997.

B & M 44 Lord St Oswald Collection, Christie’s Auction, 18 February 1992, lot 175 (part);
bt S Monks March 1992.

B & M 45 bt Seaby January 1972.

John Hartley (1605-1679), mercer and draper; married Elizabeth Grove in January 1626. The Hartley family was widespread in the town. The styles of B & M 41 and 42 would suggest an earlier issue than B & M 40