penny ware

1) Apparently goods to be purchased with one penny.

An undated York inventory, probably of 1504, lists the contents of Richard Bishop’s shop with valuations of the goods for sale, including: Item v dosan and v knyfes of peny ware ijs viijd

Item ij dussan and a halfe of halpeny ware beddes vijd

Item iij dossane fardyng ware glassys iiijd. Perhaps the inference is that the mark-up on the items was just over one hundred per cent.

places York
dates 1504

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