Walking stick with King George IV gold sovereign coin mounted onto the handle. The coin has been polished and inscribed with ‘This stick belonged to John Collier Esq – Tim Bobbin – born at Urmston Dec 16th 1708. died at Milnrow July 14th 1786′
John Collier was known as a gregarious, hard-drinking man, a wit and satirist, skilled at making fun of people in power and the self-important.
He was a painter, engraver and cartoonist (known as the Lancashire Hogarth) the latter talent bringing him recognition from far and wide – although the money he earned was soon frittered away. He was also a musician and an historian and a schoolmaster who counted the writing of wills and letters amongst his useful talents (many people could neither read nor write in those days, so a literate man could earn a little money by helping them).
Tim Bobbin was the pen-name he used as an artist – and as the writer of tales in the Lancashire Dialect – to which he also compiled the first dictionary.