Australiana, Convict Farewell Token, unattributed convict ‘CP’, neatly engraved over a smoothed over Georgian Penny addressed to their Mother ‘RP’. Obverse: “WHEN THIS YOU SEE REMEMBER ME DEAR MOTHER ·1827·”. Reverse: “C.P To R.P” within a pierced love heart, a rose extends out below a Tudor King’s Crown, thistle and rose either side.
Although there is no full name present on this Convict token, there may be speculation as to who it may be attributed to based off of the date and the initials given. It can be assumed that 1827 was engraved onto this token as this was the year ‘CP’ left England; the date was likely mentioned as a reference to the moment they were separated from their mother. If this assumption is correct, ‘CP’ is attributed to one of the passengers on the many voyages of 1827. Research indicates that of the 27 ships that departed England for the Australian Colonies, there are three convicts that have the initials ‘CP’: Charles Plummer of the ‘Champion’, Catherine Parmenter of the ‘Princess Charlotte’, or Charles Paul of the ‘Prince Regent’. No concrete conclusion can be made, but an educated guess may suggest that of the three, Catherine Parmenter seems likely. Parmenter was an 18-year-old girl sentenced to death after an armed highway robbery; in general, convict ‘love’ tokens were done for wives or lovers, however in this case to a mother – a likely recipient for a young lady who was initially sentenced to death, only to then be sentenced to a 20 year sentence to a foreign land, likely never to return. This, however, is only speculation.
A rare piece of Australiana of quite exceptional engraving work.