|Lowsley #40 Pridmore #106|
|Obv. :||(an Integer)|
J. WALKER & CO
|with the number on each token below a hole for suspension.|
J. WALKER & CO. The founder of the firm was John Walker, a
native of the village of Dounc, Perthshire, Scotland, and an engineer
and inventor of exceptional ability. He came to Ceylon in 1842 and in
1854 commenced business as a manufacturer of coffee machinery at
In 1862, William Walker, his brother, also a man of parts, came to Ceylon and became a partner in the business. The firm was originally situated in Trincomalee Street, Kandy, and with the arrival of his brother the title of the business became John Walker & Co.
The firm was later situated at Bogambra, Kandy. The token may have been issued for use there as they employed 500 hands. In 1870 Ceylon witnessed an unparalleled prosperity from its coffee plantations and the firm opened several branches in the up country planting districts. Owing to the growing importance of Colombo the firm removed its headquarters to Colombo in 1881.
Pridmore show #65, Scaif shows #7; Lyall #74; Cruse #27;
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* Coins and Tokens of Ceylon, Lieut. Col B. Lowsley, Num. Chron. Sr III Vol. XV, 1895.
* 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
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I thank Shiran Cruse, Kandy, Sri Lanka, for the scans of this token from his collection now with me.