... probably dating from the early 19th century
Just over 1 inch high and under 1½ inches across
Overlooked for years…it has a worn and torn label around it bearing the words STAMP OFFICE and DUTY THREE HALFPENCE
We would love to know what so small a box originally held – that attracted this sort of duty.
In a later life, a piece of perforated paper has been stuck on the lid – this has some curly red script on it that we have been unable to read – then boldly across the middle someone has written Wafers – using a quill pen.
The lid is well fitting.
Inside the box there are small multicoloured disks that look as if they are indeed wafers – made of rice paper or some other starch. We are loath to eat one to prove this theory and take no responsibility whatsoever if the purchaser does so and as a result grows hair in peculiar places – or some such.
We are asking a trifling sum for so old and interesting an object - however we will consider all serious offers.