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Offertory Box

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T5325
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1700 - 1800


This is a rare surviving example of a collecting box for gravediggers. It probably dates from the 18th century and is made from an unidentified hardwood, which has been painted, with a skull and crossbones. The church and the people working for the parish relied heavily on donations of money to boost their meagre earnings.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century
Medium:Bent wood, painted.
Place of Origin:England


Height:16 cm
Width:17.8 cm
Depth:40 cm