Moneybox, wood/metal, maker and place unknown, 1880-1930.
(-1) Money box, used to hold money including circus takings. Heavy wooden box, with a dark brown patina from use and age. Faded painted black decorative border at the front and top, the lid has nailed copper corners. Nailed brass strips on all four corner joins, four strips on each side. The lid is hinged at the back with two small hinges attached on the inside rim of the box. Each corner of the base feature wodden triangles which act as castors. Each end has a small decorative handle, a cast brass plate attached by 4 screws with a hanging handle decorated with scrolls and a grotesque, to each side of both handles are small holes that have been filled indicating that the handles have been replaced. The front of the box has a large decorative keyhole in cast brass, a small handle hanging from a loop in the middle, on the front of the lid is another decorative cast brass handle. The top of the lid has a shield attached to the middle, it has a round center with a picture of a castle and is decorated around the edges with acanthus leaf and scrolls, it is screwed on over a large hole in the top layer of wood on the lid. The inside of the box is lined with a second layer of wood, at the front is the musical lock housing.
(-2) Cast iron key for lock on moneybox. Thin oval ring at the top attached to a long cylindrical barrel, there are four ridges of varying sizes where the ring joins to the barrel, the 'key' sits perpendicular to the barrel on the very end, it comes off at a slight angle and is 'C' shaped through its cross section.