Tickets and Passes of London from the David Young Collection

Date of Auction: 12th June 2018

Sold for £170

Estimate: £40 - £50

Circuses, Bannister’s Travelling Circus, brass, by Bagnall, standing man holding whip, ln bannister riding master returns thanks to the public in general, compasses below, rev. man holding flag, stood on back of horse cantering left, 26mm, 5.77g (W 955; D & W 9/93). Area of discolouration on obverse, otherwise fine, scarce £40-50


Provenance: Bt L. McCarthy November 2002.

James Bannister, impresario; his daughter, Sarah, was the star attraction at her father’s self-styled Olympic Circus which toured the country in the second decade of the 19th century. After Bannister was declared bankrupt in 1819 she joined the famous Astley’s circus