Tickets and Passes of London from the David Young Collection

Date of Auction: 5th June 2019

Sold for £110

Estimate: £80 - £100

Circuses, Bannister’s Travelling Circus, brass, by Bagnall, standing man holding whip, in. bannister riding master returns thanks to the public in general, compasses below, rev. man holding flag, stood on back of horse cantering left, 26mm, 5.79g (W 955; D & W 9/93; cf. DNW 147, 1683). Obverse fine, reverse better; pierced for suspension £80-£100


Provenance: W.J. Noble Collection, Noble Numismatics Pty Auction 61B (Melbourne), 3-4 August 1999, lot 752 (part) [from S.E. Schwer 1984]; 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 Astley’s circus