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Mining Checks, Tallies, Tokens & Medals
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lamp check-token

i recently bought one of the protector lamp token or check type brass numbered items, of e-bay,does any one know anything about them? it looks genuine,but i never saw any in the kent pits,where they flame lamp checks?there is no hole in it like the usual type?can you help.
thanks philip.

Re: lamp check-token

Protector sometimes rented lamps to a pit, with others they could have bought the lamps.
If the lamp badges have "makers" on them, then the pit had bought them. If the lamp badge had "owners" on it then the lamps were rented. With these lamps they also supplied the lamp checks which were of a stock standard and were embossed on one side similar to the lamp badge and each lamp had a check with the same number. Sometimes they would stamp on the back of the check which pit it was issued to.
So if Kent pits had Protector lamps and they were rented, then checks would have been supplied also.