A small provincial painted oak offertory box , with a primitively carved tree of life design , the lid has a zig zag carved border with a central slot for the coins, at the back of the the box is a handle
during the offertory a priest or one of his clergy would of held this for charitable gifts (money) for the poor and also the church..
Oak Painted Offertory Box late 17th / 18th Century
Origins European France.
30.5 cms High (12 inches)
17.8 cms Wide (7 inches)
17.1 cms Deep (6.75 inches)