A large Tin token issued by Mackwoods & Co. for use in Maradahn Mills.
|Lowsley #Unlisted Pridmore #67|
|Obverse :|| MACKWOODS|
|Stamped incuse along periphery.|
MACKWOODS & CO. The name Mackwood is unique in the Mercantile
history of Ceylon. The firm was founded in 1841 by Captain William
Mackwood, who started business as a merchant and agent. He was joined
by his younger brother, Francis Mackwood, in 1844. This event was
apparently the cause of the plural name appearing on the tokens as it
was in the case of Alstons, Scott & Co. (see No. 2). However, the
"S" of Mackwoods was dropped about 1874 and the firm became known as
Mackwood & Co.
In 1845 William Mackwood livved at Maradahn House, there also stood the Maradahn Mills, two miles from Colombo, for whose use the tokens were struck.
* The Coins of British Commonwealth of Nations to the end of the reign of George VI 1952 Part 2 - Asian Territories by F. Pridmore Spink & Son Ltd., 1965. Tokens
The token was scanned at 600 dpi and the images are displayed at 175 dpi.
I thank Bob Lyall of UK, for the scans of this token from his collection.