London (1619), King Street, Westminster, Nath. Tucker at the White Horse


17th century token

Westminster (Metropolitan Middlesex)

King Street, Westminster

Nath. Tucker at Ye (White Horse)

Obv:  NATH TVCKER AT YE          =        White Horse

Rev:  KINGS STREET WEST           =        T / N E


BW 1619, Norweb -.

Good Very Fine, rare and very attractive.

Ex Dora Harris collection.

Since this type was first published in Boyne (1858), it has been assumed that the figure on the obv. represented a unicorn.  This may have been caused by the appearance of the overstruck specimen in the Museum of London, where the horse's ears are of very unequal lengths.  However, the present specimen clearly shows an image of a horse, not a unicorn.  There appears to be no record of an establishment called a Unicorn in King Street, but the White Horse Tavern is mentioned in Pepys' Diary.  Furthermore, a Nathaniel Tucker is mentioned in the 1664 Hearth Tax Returns living in White Horse Yard in King Street, with seven hearths (more than anyone else).

It can therefore be safely concluded that the token was issued from the White Horse.