A Possible Pithead Baths Check From Stafford Colliery.
A possible Pithead Baths Check from Stafford Colliery, Stoke-on-Trent (Actual size 32 mm by 32 mm).
Can anyone provide any information relating to the above type of brass embossed check? It is believed to have originated from Stoke-on-Trent in North Staffordshire and could possibly have been used at Stafford Colliery prior to 1947. This particular check appears to be un-issued given that it does not carry the usual stamped identification number on either its obverse or reverse sides.
The check appears to be a workman's pithead baths (P.H.B.) identification check. Several other P.H.B. checks are known from collieries across the United Kingdom as well as P.H.B. monetary tokens (which had a slightly different function). Most of these checks and tokens are thought to have originated prior to the nationalisation of the coal mining industry in 1947.
At least two specimens of the the above type of check are known and both of these originated from Stoke-on-Trent. The local collector that originally discovered these checks many years ago has attributed them as being P.H.B. checks from Stafford Colliery (AKA: Great Fenton Colliery) on the grounds that this colliery comprised of two main pits, the Homer and the Sutherland. Hence the initials "H" and "S" on the check. Homer and (The Duke of) Sutherland were two of the principle characters in the Stafford Iron & Coal Company which operated Stafford Colliery from 1873 to 1947.
Confirmation of the attribution of the above check to Stafford Colliery plus any further information related to it would be most welcomed.