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An 1857 "Chain" Cent Of Sorts & Some History Linked To It

 
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This 1857 large cent is counterstamped G. WHITEHOUSE / BALTe. The only person of this name listed in period Baltimore City directories is George, a chainmaker.




Here are my database notes on this counterstamp ....

GEORGE WAS A CHAINMAKER, LISTED IN 1860 AT 291 PENNSYLVANIA AVE. AND AT 289 IN 1864. HIS NAME IS CURVED ABOVE THE STRAIGHT CITY TO FORM A LOGO. GEORGE MADE TRACE CHAINS THAT WERE USED TO TETHER ANIMALS AND SLAVES. GEORGE APPEARS IN THE 1849 & 1851 BALTIMORE DIRECTORIES AS AN IRON CHAIN MAKER. HE WAS PART OF WM. & SON IN 1845. HE WAS ABSENT FROM THE 1863-4 BUSINESS DIRECTORY BUT RETURNED IN 1865. BY 1872, HE WAS A HARDWARE DEALER, STILL ON PENNA AVE. HE'S LISTED WITHOUT AN OCCUPATION IN 1876, AND JOHN R. WHITEHOUSE NEXT APPEARS AS A CHAIN MAKER IN 1877.

George won heroic recognition in the July 9, 1855 issue of The Baltimore Sun ....

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Great piece of history!
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Agree, thanks for that!
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That's really cool.
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ExoGuy, you certainly are a pillar of the counterstamp community!
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Thanks, guys .... Counterstamps offer collectors a fine opportunity to absorb genuine, close-up history. Each c/s offers the possibility to learn something of a coin's travels. It's akin to rummaging through an old attic or basement to see what you might find.
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