Tokens of Cheshire and Lancashire from the Collection formed by Bob Lyall

Date of Auction: 27th August 2020

Sold for £260

Estimate: £90 - £120

Lancashire, St Helens, Robert Brook & Co (W 4510), another with obv. stamped 3 wha, presumably as a Threepence pub check, and a third with obv. stamped jw [John Williams]; Café & Recreation Co Ltd, brass Penny, 26mm (Owens 126); Golden Cross [Inn], J.A. Boyle, uniface brass Fourpence, 25mm; Hobbs, brass, 22mm (W 4520, this piece); Raven Inn, Bowling Green, oval brass Threehalfpence, 32x23mm [7]. Second and third worn, others fine to very fine, all very rare £90-£120


The third token, stamped jw, was issued by John Williams, a former miner and furnaceman, from a metal works at Watery Lane, Sutton, a suburb of St Helens (ex. inf. from Williams’ grandson to the vendor). The Raven Inn token was believed by the two previous owners to be an issue from St Helens