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Object ID # 2005.007.001
Object Name Token
Title Hill Bros. Three-Cent Store Token
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Year Range from 1893
Year Range to 1914
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Markdale, Municipality of Grey Highlands, Grey County
Description Three-cent store token from Hill Brothers General Store, post-1893. It is a brass store token, with an octagonal shape (2.5 cm wide). One side has HILL BROS. GENERAL MERCHANT & PRODUCE MARKDALE. The other side has GOOD FOR 3 CENTS IN MERCHANDISE (this side has a mar or defect at its left side).
Makers mark None
Provenance Made for the Hill Brothers General store, of Markdale, Grey County (Solomon Hill and Thomas Hill / W. T. Hill). Post dates 1893. Eventually this store became a branch department store known as F. T. Hill & Co. Limited, likely shortly after Solomon Hill's passing in 1914? Franklin T. Hill, one of the sons of Solomon Hill, also used store tokens in his stores.

Last belonged to R. J. (Bob) Graham of Chesley, Bruce County.

Collection Commercial Equipment Collection
Material Brass
Dimensions W-2.5 L-2.5 cm
Found Chesley, Bruce County
People Hill, W. T.
Hill, F.T.
Hill, Solomon
Subjects Grey County Business
Grey County Businesses
Department stores
Stores & shops
Search Terms Markdale
F. T. Hill & Company
Function Farmers would bring in produce to a general store and be given tokens instead of cash (which was sometimes scarce). The tokens could only be used towards the purchase of items from the store each one was issued from.