$5 Advertising Note

R.I. Lawton, Commission Scrip, Fitchburg

ca. 1873-74 (See reverse)

Lawton was a manufacturer of, and dealer in, furniture. The firm also handled mattresses, feathers, and upholstery goods and did furniture repairs. Tiffany scrip was used in an effort to stimulate cash sales during the Panic of 1873. The scrip equated to a 5% discount on cash purchases of $100, with lower purchases receiving a prorated amount. The face of the note has a vignette of a busy waterfront scene flanked by Agriculture at left and a young girl standing at a table at right. The back has text detailing information on the company, its products, and the redemption process. We are aware of only two examples of this note design at this time.