Ancient Portable Money-Box or 'Offerand Stok'
Iron, Double Hasp, Coin, Handle, Box
Early Thirteenth Century
This portable money-box is of oak, circular on plan, made from a single stick, and cored, bound and riveted with wrought iron with a lock and double hasp covering the key-hole, and with an additional protection of a ring or hasp for a padlock. The slot in the centre of the hinged lid for the admission of coins has a good balance-flap inside which makes it impossible for any unauthorised person to abstract any coin. A handle and ring surmount the hinged lid. Nothing is known about the history of the box.