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87/1494 Convict love token, copper, engraved by Thomas Tilley, probably Portsmouth, England, 1786-1787. Click to enlarge.

Convict love token engraved by Thomas Tilley

Probably made
This love token, a numismatic artefact of the highest importance to Australia, relates to the First Fleet transportee, Thomas Tilley who was sentenced to seven years transportation for theft with force. To achieve a more gracious immortality, Thomas Tilley was untruthful on the token he left for his loved one. On one side is a bird chained from its neck to the ground, and on the obverse is inscribed, 'Thomas Tilley TRANSPORTED 29 July 1785 for signing a note sent the hulks Jan 24 1786'. Vanity …

Summary

Object No.

87/1494

Object Statement

Convict love token, copper, engraved by Thomas Tilley, probably Portsmouth, England, 1786-1787

Physical Description

Circular copper disc, fully hand engraved. Obverse: inscription "Thomas / Tilley TR / ANSPORTED / 29 July 1785 / for signing / a note sent / the hulks / Jan 24 1786". Reverse: shows a bird with a chain around its neck [Jail Bird]

Marks

Marks: Reverse, image of chained peacock.

Dimensions

Height

1 mm

Production

Made

Notes

Probably Portsmouth, England

Note on blue file says 1786 - 1787 (May)

History

Source

Credit Line

Purchased, 1987

Acquisition Date

3 December 1987

Cite this Object

Harvard

Convict love token engraved by Thomas Tilley 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 October 2021, <https://ma.as/73510>

Wikipedia

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