CURIOS OF THE CHURCHES

Of the sundry silver appointments and furniture of the churches and of official ornaments, emblems and staves of office much might be written but they, like the church plate, are not collectable. For instance, St. Dunstan's, in Fleet Street, there is a large bour-glass in a silver frame and massive silver-headed staves. At St. Matthew's, Bethnal Green, there is a curious old staff in silver used by the beadle, representing the legend of the Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green and his daughter-the date of this curious stave is 1669. There are some who make collections of the heads of staves both ecclesiastic and civic ; their study is interesting, but it is the things which have mystic meanings and are closely allied to the church which interest enquirers into church furnishings most. There is something very interesting in a visit to several of the London Churches for although it is not often that plate is on view there are other curiosities which remind us of earlier times and ancient customs. Even in beautiful stained glass windows remind us of the plate which was lost in troublous times. It is true the details and ornamentation of these painted windows are not always reliable but they are sufficiently accurate to indicate the once common use of censers and holy vessels now obsolete in the English Church.