Rare, oak-cased Contributions Box for “The Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners Royal Benevolent Society”, in original condition. The case with coin slots on front and sides, and applied enamel plates: “Patron His Majesty the King” and “There is Sorrow on the Sea”. The glazed, lockable door revealing aneroid barometer [No. 447] and horizontally mounted Fahrenheit thermometer with painted porcelain dials. Dimensions: 19 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches / 49 x 24 x 145 cm. These boxes were issued from c1880 until c 1920 after which they were replaced by the ubiquitous red lifebuoy. The SFMS is now the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society.