Banking on Success

A return to a banking theme for this week’s blog page from South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre, near Yeovil, Somerset…..

….and possibly our first mystery object to be appear in our ‘pages’.

One of our volunteers is currently helping us with an audit of our environmentally controlled store. This involves checking each item on the shelves for its accession number and recording the current location. Any item without an accession number is also noted to check for any further details or provenence. This is an important role, to ascertain what we have and why and where it is, to cross reference against our database of items and photographs.

During this process, our volunteer discovered a notable object which they brought out to show the team. This highlighted the significance of accurate documentation, when an object is first donated; if indeed the donor knows themselves!

The object in question is a wooden tray with possibly silver wire on the bottom, which reads: “Yeovil Bank Somersetshire” written backwards, in two separate panels. This clearly looks to be for embossing. However, on the inside are a series of wooden partitions or dividers, which clearly have the remains of something in the bottom of the tray. Interestingly, another of our volunteers pointed out that the metal frame around the edge of the bottom is ‘proud’ of the letters in probable silver wire, resulting in a very light impression left by the embossed words.

Therefore, we wondered if this was a seed tray or riddle for seiving of soil made out of the banking tray; although the mesh is very fine indeed, if this is the case. Or, more simply, if the tray held different types of coinage used in the bank. However, this was an accessioned item, with a fairly recent accession number; certainly one that should be on our database. Doing the ‘cross check’ proved interesting. The resulting ‘brief description’ read: “possibly for embossing.”

Therefore, we thought this would be an interesting one for our Blog page, to not only show another facet of life at CHAC, but also “banking on a successful” outcome that someone will recognise the object, have more information and explain its purpose.

Coming up next time – enjoyable family history gloving-related research visit.

The Banking Tray inside – and out – any information gratefully received.

Yeovil Bank TrayYeovil Bank Tray (5) Yeovil Bank Tray (4) Yeovil Bank Tray (3)

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