Tickets and Passes of London from the David Young Collection

Date of Auction: 12th June 2018

Sold for £650

Estimate: £400 - £500

Gardens, BERMONDSEY, Bermondsey Spa Gardens, Thomas Keyse, copper Halfpenny, 1796, t. keys bermondsey spa garden, rev. two clarinets and French horn around flaming heart, dated 1786 around, edge plain, 9.86g/1h (W 1303, and p.178, this piece illustrated; Young, Gardens, p.81, this piece illustrated; DH Surrey 4 bis II; D & W –; cf. R.S. Brown 720). Usual die flaw on obverse, about extremely fine and patinated, extremely rare £400-500


Provenance: A Collection of 18th Century Trade Tokens, Part 2, Mark Rasmussen FPL 9, Spring 2006 (C 313).

The Gardens were opened by Thomas Keyse (1722-1800), a self-taught artist, in 1766. Initially a tea garden, the discovery of a mineral spring aided its popularity and by 1784 it had become a pleasure ground. By the turn of the 19th century its popularity had declined and it was closed
c. 1806