Height 9 ½ inches, width 4 ¾ inches, depth 2 inches. The box has a wonderful early, if not original surface. On the side of the box is a crudely carved date 165?. An article “Historic Hampton” in “The Granite Monthly” for July, 1896 on pp. 6-7 states the following: “Rev. Stephen Batchelder, who came from England, was the first pastor who settled in Hampton…Mr. Thomas I. Batchelder, of North Hampton, has in his possession…formerly belonged to the Rev. Stephen Batchelder. One of these articles is a contribution box that was used in Hampton’s first meeting-house.”
Affixed on the inside of the box are two labels, “Loan 10/14/58 Est. of C. H. Batchelder” (New Hampshire Historical Society.) At that time also loaned from the Estate was the Massachusetts great chair later becoming part of the Eddy Nicholson collection and now in the Collection of Bayou Bend. The Reverend Stephen Batchelder left Hampton in 1655 returning to England, the date on the side of the box may correspond to that date when he left the box with his descendants.