This collection of collectible dies is from
the Dawkins Benny collection and was purchased by Trademark
Jewelers in 1995. Dawkins Benny was founded by Henry Hill in
the middle 1800's, whom later sold the business to his two employees,
Dawkins and Benny.
When purchased, the dies were covered with
grease and thus undistinguishable, requiring endless hours of
labor to refurbish, strike, and catalog. What we discovered
was a pictorial history represented by service awards and medallions,
a glimpse of Island life in the late eighteen and early nineteen
We invite you to share that glimpse of Island
life and be sure to check back periodically to check out new
additions and read the interesting histories behind each item.
Or if you have comments or knowledge, feel free to contact us
so that we can properly address each item with its proper history.
Hopefully, we can start a forum for Island collectors.