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Receipts From London’s Oldest Ironmonger

June 29, 2021
by the gentle author

As any accountant will tell you – you must always keep your receipts. It was a dictum adopted religiously by the staff at London oldest ironmongers R. M. Presland & Sons in the Hackney Rd from 1797-2013, where this cache of receipts from the eighteen-eighties and nineties was discovered. All these years later, they may no longer be of interest to the tax man, but they serve to illustrate the utilitarian beauty of nineteenth-century typographic design and tell us a lot about the diverse interrelated  trades which once filled this particular corner of the East End.



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  1. Mary permalink
    June 29, 2021

    I am sure Mr Presland was a law abiding citizen, but I was slightly alarmed to see a receipt for the conversion of two guns and two separate receipts for thumbscrews. Hopefully these were not used on his customers to deter tardy payment. I wil be paying closer attention the next time I visit my local fishmonger.

  2. Helen Butler permalink
    June 29, 2021

    looks like they were put on a spike, I remember my parents putting their receipts on a spike.
    Love the word wickerer, not come across that before

  3. Ann V permalink
    June 29, 2021

    Wonderful! A small glimpse at Social History of the 19th Century.

  4. sara midda permalink
    June 29, 2021

    So glad they were kept.
    Thank you

    Best wishesSara

  5. June 29, 2021

    25 yds Duck! I am intrigued.
    A wonderful collection of receipts and just the sort of glimpse into the past that I enjoy. When growing up in London during the 1950s, my mother also put all receipts on a spike stuck in a round wooden base that no doubt my engineer father had made.

  6. JAN MARSH permalink
    June 29, 2021

    wickerer !!!
    wonderful word

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