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    1864 MI-225AA-3d Detroit Token, MS65
    Farmer's Clothing Store
    A.K.A. John Schroder & Co.

    1864 Farmers Clothing Store, Detroit, MI, F-225AA-3d, R.10, MS65 NGC. Searches for the Farmer's Clothing Store in Detroit have been unsuccessful. However, the obverse of this token gives the address as 251 and 253 Gratoit [sic]. Searching for the address in the 1863 Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory locates John Schroder & Co., a wholesale and retail clothing merchant. The 1860 Census for Detroit lists John Schroder, a 51-year-old Shoeshop operator from Mecklenburg, Germany. Schroder issued tokens under his own name, cataloged as MI-225BO.
    This is one of several Gratiot Street merchants with the street name misspelled as Gratoit, the engraver confusing the street and city spellings. All of those dies came from the Cincinnati shop of Stanton. The Farmer's Clothing Store tokens are important rarities among Michigan store cards. Six varieties are known with a total population of less than 30 pieces. Four of the six varieties, including that offered here, are rated unique. This amazing Gem has fully brilliant tan surfaces with satin luster and excellent eye appeal. Although no source is given in Cliff Temple's notebook, it seems nearly certain that this piece came from C. Verhoeven in 1946.
    From The Clifton A. Temple Collection.


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