Summerlee Iron Works Check

A token like this was a way of monitoring when staff were in work. Summerlee was typical in employing a lot of staff on shift work so their hours had to be recorded in order to calculate their wages.

Each worker had a number (in this case 124) which was engraved on the token, which would be hung on a hook when they were in work. Tokens would also be used pay staff: they would be issued with a token at the end of the week which would then be exchanged for their pay packet.

The Summerlee Iron Works in Coatbridge operated from 1836 to 1933 and part of the site has been excavated. A Scheduled Monument, it can be seen in the grounds of Summerlee Museum.

Museum reference:
COTSL-1991-64-1
On display:
In Storage: Museums
Associated with:
Summerlee Iron Co · Summerlee Iron Works, Coatbridge, Scotland
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