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Express Saloon token, Cloverdale, California Owney tag

Description:

Owney received this token, good for one drink or cigar from C. E. Mitchell’s “Express Saloon.” Mitchell emigrated from Germany in 1858, settling down in Cloverdale, California. His saloon may have been a popular stop for railway and railway mail workers working on board the San Francisco and Northern Pacific Railroad. This type of token is known as a trade check. These tokens were used much as coupons are today, offered by merchants as a lure to increase customers’ purchases.

Date:
1888-1897
Markings:
EXPRESS SALOON / CLOVERDALE CAL. / C.E. MITCHELL (on front) GOOD FOR / ONE / DRINK / CIGAR (on back)
Medium:
metal (brass)
Dimensions:
Diameter: 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Museum ID:
0.052985.35
Place:
California
  • Owney Tag 2011
  • Owney Tag 2011
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