Offertory Box

English, Norfolk., 1575-1625

Oak, deal bottom. Wow! An early offertory box in pristine condition The four sides with applied, hand-shaped moldings, fully original iron (look at the size of the key) and molded top and bottom. Made with glued rabbet joints -- no nails. Truly early construction. Under the lid a contemporary inscription "BINHAM Aby" and on the base later inscriptions suggesting it was used for tobacco and perhaps for runic purposes. Binham Abbey is in Norfolk, the box came from a Norfolk collection. Excellent condition, no restoration, lock lost (see photo), a couple of old reinforcing nails.

5-3/4" w x 5-1/4" d x 5-3/4" h.

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