Ffrench's Bank, Charles & Co. Dublin • 1812–1814

Banknotes issued by Irish Private Banks ca1700–ca1833
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Re: Ffrench's Bank, Charles & Co. Dublin • 1812–1814

Post by DOC » 10 Feb 2019 11:55

Here is an unusual Dublin note with Thomas Ffrench as lead partner. The note is unissued but probably dates from 1807-1808 during the early days of the Dublin Branch.

At first sight, the denomination is really strange: ONE POUND, FOURTEEN SHILLINGS & PENNY-HALFPENNY. However, not so strange when you realise it is 1 Guinea & Half although not mentioned as such on the note. Another unusual feature is the watermark. It is difficult to identify completely but looks like TUAM BANK which is interesting for a Dublin note ;)
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Re: Ffrench's Bank, Charles & Co. Dublin • 1812–1814

Post by ThePloughman » 11 Feb 2019 01:25

That Tuam water mark is interesting.
I guess they were not too worried about what the water mark actually said.
Could there be varieties of Dublin on Tuam paper and Tuam on Dublin paper? Could be a lot more to collect with the Ffrench banks if there is a full range of cross-water mark varieties..

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Re: Ffrench's Bank, Charles & Co. Dublin • 1812–1814

Post by DOC » 13 Feb 2019 19:21

I think it suggests that Ffrench's Bank considered itself as one bank with branches in Tuam, Dublin & Galway. Worth keeping a look out for other watermarks to see if there are other examples of the cross-water mark variety !

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Re: Ffrench's Bank, Charles & Co. Dublin • 1812–1814

Post by Mac » 14 Feb 2019 12:33

Yes, a multibranch private bank.

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