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S/3387 Antique Treen 19th Century Oak Money Box

A well constructed dove tailed oak lidded money box, having iron strap hinges and a brass lock and key. The lid is carved with November 8th 1814 and has four slots, each initialled with a C. or S., silver and copper coins. Note the slots for copper coins is larger and wider, as they were bigger than silver ones.

When coins were produced back then, the face value of it should have corresponded to the value of the copper or silver. It was made from approximately one ounce of copper per penny. In the centre of this box are the initials W & D and G & D. We presume it had a container or divider inside, that separated the savings. There is a slightly lighter mark on the inside of the box in the centre, but there is not any sign of a permanent fixture.

The box has a pleasing colour and retains a patination.

8 in. (21.5 cm.) Wide
4 in. (12 cm.) Deep
4 in. (11.5 cm.) High
English Circa 1814