An oak or chestnut alms box, late 16th / early 17th century
An oak or chestnut alms box, late 16th / early 17th century Iron carrying handle and coin slot on top, all sides with cartouche panels, the front with a door and carved with a figure of St Eligius, the back a hammer, each side the letters S EL, 14cm wide, 12cm deep, 18cm high.
Saint Eligius is the patron saint of Goldsmiths and other metalworkers. He is also the patron saint of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and also of horses and those who work with them. The saint is invariably depicted in bishop's garb and holding his emblem, a goldsmith's hammer.