Tickets and Passes of London from the David Young Collection

Date of Auction: 5th June 2019

Sold for £50

Estimate: £60 - £80

Gardens, BROMPTON, Cromwell Gardens, lead Sixpence, c. 1765, crude bust of Oliver Cromwell left, olivar d g r p ang sco hib & pro, rev. pax qværitvr bello, crowned arms in imitation of the Cromwell coinage flanking crom garden, value below, 30mm, 10.53g (W 1310; D & W 67/170; Young, Gardens, p.86, this piece; cf. Baldwin FPL 1998, 99). Test scratches both sides, fair, very rare £60-£80


Provenance: Red Cross Sale, Christie’s Auction, 12-27 April 1915, lot unspecified; bt Baldwin December 1989.

Cromwell Gardens, opened in the early 1760s, was named after a tradition that Oliver Cromwell once lived in the neighbourhood, though this is unproven. The early lessee was John Clarke and this admission ticket was exchangeable for refreshments