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The Art of Food in Europe, 1500 – 1800

207: Baker’s token/halfpenny with a decorated pie crust

Robert Millard was a baker based in Caxton in the second half of the seventeenth century. His halfpenny token proudly declares his name and profession in elegant capital letters encircling a beautifully decorated round pie crust. Following Millard’s death in 1718, an inventory of his bakehouse-cum-home listed not only a well-stocked kitchen but also a separate baking room with various equipment including pots, pans, dishes, sieves, a dough stand, and a cheese stand.

Issued by Robert Millard, Caxton, Cambridgeshire, England, 1668

Copper alloy

Acquired in 1908 (CM.BI.375-R)

Baker’s token/halfpenny with a decorated pie crust
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