"You have my heart Tho wee must Part" Nat.(born) 6th Sept 1759. Token left by a mother forced by poverty to give up her child. The poignant but fascinating collection at the Foundling Museum.

Go to the Foundling Museum in London! "You have my heart Tho wee must Part" Nat.(born) Sept Token left by a mother forced by poverty to give up her child. The poignant but fascinating collection at the Foundling Museum.

Tokens given by mothers to their children on leaving them at the Foundling Hospital. 18th Century

Identification tags left with children at the foundling hospital. How many parents returned, searching for the token that would identify their long-left child?

A mid-eighteenth-century foundling token, a ring with a heart-shaped stone, small padlock and key attached at either side (only just visible in this image); Latin engraving on the interior of the band ('He who neglects me loses me') means that it could originally have been a love token; the ring was left as a 'foundling token' with a baby girl.

token ring left with a child at a Foundling Hospital, century, copyright The Foundling Museum

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Foundling Tokens: For Surrendered Children, a Final Tie to Family

Slate Magazine -- Foundling Tokens: For Surrendered Children, a Final Tie to Family By Rebecca Onion

Threads of Feeling: "...an exhibition illustrating the story of abandoned babies left at the Foundling Hospital, London, the first home for abandoned children.  Between 1741 and 1759 any children that were admitted to the hospital were left with a token, often a small scrap of fabric which identified them with the mother. "

The London foundling Hospital's Textile tokens, by John Styles; Tokens left by the mothers when leaving their child at the hospital.

Foundling Museum, London    Threads of Feeling Exhibition : 18th Century Textile Tokens left with Abandoned Babies at the London Foundling Hospital.

Foundling Museum, London Threads of Feeling Exhibition : Century Textile Tokens left with Abandoned Babies at the London Foundling Hospital.

Vauxhall Garden Season Ticket, used as a foundling token © Foundling Museum

Vauxhall Hall gardens season ticket token from the Foundling Museum

foundling token. I love the Foundling Museum Collection. It was recently at Colonial Williamsburg.

Foundling token from the Foundling Museum. Poor little Fanny Coleman, born on Christmas Day.

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from the Foundling Museum: London -- mother's who were desperately poor and in terrible circumstances gave up their babies, they hoped one day to be reunited with, and left a token, fabric or a button in order to recognise them.


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