This exceptional and rare, vintage English sterling silver presentation money box has been realistically modelled in the form of a Victorian Penfold posting box*.
The body of this vintage silver post box has a tiered hexagonal form.
The cap/protruding swept upper portion is encompassed with applied bead decoration, accented with acanthus leaf designs to the roof and a bud style finial.
The surface of the body incorporates an applied coat of arms of the United Kingdom, featuring the motto 'Dieu et mon droit' - God and my right.
Either side of the functional aperture/mouth is the elucidating engraving 'POST OFFICE'.
The money box is fitted with hinged sterling silver cover/door ornamented with a notice plate bearing the location name 'Kings College', in addition to the engraved sovereign's initials 'VR' - Victoria Regina.
This exceptional hinged door is further accented with details replicating the lock and handle, and allows access to the money chamber.
The panelled base of the post box is further ornamented with the engraved detail 'Cochrane & Co Dudley'*.
This exceptional vintage money box surmounts the original ebonised wood presentation plinth, fitted with a hallmarked silver inscription plaque bearing the contemporary engraved inscription 'A Scale Model of The Penfold Posting Box Installed Outside Kings College, Cambridge'.
NOTE: * The Penfold posting box was named after the architect, J.W. Penfold. This new design of post box were produced by Cochrane, Grove & Co of Dudley and issued between 1866 - 1879. There are a few variations of sizes and designs within this timeframe however the overall hexagonal design prevailed.
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