Opening a clothes store

This metal detector find seems an unlikely one for the good old recreation ground in Market Lavington. It’s a medallion commemorating the opening of a clothing emporium in the City of London.

It is remarkably well preserved.

Medallion struck by E Moses and Son, clothiers of London in 1846

Medallion struck by E Moses and Son, clothiers of London in 1846

“In commemoration of opening the cheapest and most spacious fashionable tailoring, ready-made clothing, hosiery, hatter & outfitters establishment in the world.

E Moses and Son 154-155 Minories and 33, 34, 35, 36 Aldgate, London”

Sadly, there is no date but maybe the other side can help.

A calendar of 1846 Sundays is on the reverse of the medallion

A calendar of 1846 Sundays is on the reverse of the medallion

Well, it is a calendar showing the dates of all the Sundays in the year 1846. So we’ll assume the medallion dates from that year – 1846 and E Moses and Son were, perhaps, reminding people that they kept the Jewish Sabbath (Saturday) and may, thus, have been open on Sunday.

What a fascinating item. And we do suggest you look at http://tonyseymour.com/people/elias-moses to discover more about E Moses and the shop.

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One Response to “Opening a clothes store”

  1. Andrew Andison Says:

    This is one of a short series of calendar medals issued by E Moses & Co. Others are dated 1850, 1853 and 1856. The ones issued in 1853 and 1856 commemorate the Duke of Wellington who died in 1852. The table showing Sunday dates was the normal for this type of medal right up to the 1890s when a new design with seven month segments showed the whole year calendar (Any month can only start of one of seven days so the same segment can serve different month.)

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