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.More information--and additional views--can be found here.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Offertory Box (Collecting Box) for Gravediggers, Painted Wood, 18th Century, Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery website; text explains: